The 5:30 a.m. wake-ups were more than a little difficult for a high school senior, but Shelby Franks met the challenge.
On June 28, he was one of 20 former Boys’ State delegates to graduate from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Junior Cadet Week program.
For someone like Shelby—who looks forward to a career in criminal justice—this was a dream come true.
He applied for the program while attending Boys’ State earlier in June and was interviewed by a Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) officers.
He figures his strong interest in law enforcement gave him an advantage over other candidates since he was only one of 20 chosen. The program was also attended by 20 Girls’ State representatives plus a handful of seniors who are children of OSHP officers.
The program is scheduled annually at the patrol academy in Columbus and is designed to resemble the real thing.
Every day started the same: Up at 5:30, a challenging physical activity at 6, a one-minute shower, then breakfast.(see Local Stories)