Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Garrett's attending TeenPact!

Garrett love politics & this week, he is attending TeenPact Indiana.
He heard about this at the Indiana Association of Homeschoolers Convention 
& immediately knew he wanted to participate ... 
so much so that he voluntarily payed his own way!

TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students.

Their mission:
to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, 
defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time 
in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.

TeenPact Leadership Schools helps students to become informed citizens 
& to understand the political process through participation at one of our state 
classes {in 38 different states in 2012}.  
These students will learn these foundations of government from a Biblical perspective.

Before going to TeenPact on Monday, Garrett had lots of 'homework' to complete 
& he's been diligently working on it for several weeks.
There was plenty of memorization: scripture, state officials name & positions, etc.
One assignment was to write a bill that would be discussed & voted on.
Garrett's bill proposed teaching {in public schools} about our country's founding fathers 
& the principles which guided the shaping of our country.

Yesterday, Mike Pence addressed the group!
That was very exciting for all the students.
Afterwards, Congressman Pence opened for questions afterwards.  
Garrett raised his hand & Congressman Pence promptly picked him, 
"the young man in the bow tie"!  
Garrett stood, announced his name, where he was from, & thanked Pence 
for coming to speak to them, all before asking his question.  
After the Congressman turned it back over to the director of TeenPact, 
he {director} asked Garrett to stand.  
He thanked Garrett for the exemplary way he addressed Congressman Pence.  
Kudos to Garrett!

Later in the day, the students were divided into 3 parties.
Each party had to nominate one person to run for governor.
Out of 70-80 teen participants, Garrett was one of the 3 nominated!  
He was pretty excited!
Last evening, he went to buy his campaigning materials 
{markers, index card & poster board} so he'd be ready for today's campaigning, 
debating & voting.  
This is all so up his alley ... & we are sure hoping he wins!

Makes me sad that we aren't there getting pictures of all this activity!

Tomorrow is the ceremony for completing the course, so maybe I'll get some shots then.
Friday is an additional Political Communications workshop that Garrett opted to attend.
At the end of the week, he will have had a full week of learning & making new friends 
& contacts.


  1. Hopefully, Garrett will become President one day!

  2. For sure!
    He did win governor!!!
    We were SO proud.
    I'm going to try & post the video ...just need to see if we can
    raise the volume a bit.