Marshall County Boys' State delegates meets astronaut, Supreme Court

Friday, June 15, 2007

Marshall County Boy's State delegates attended the number one Boys' State program in the nation, which included visits from a NASA astronaut and the Tennessee Supreme Court.

NASA astronaut Lt. Comm. Christopher Cassidy, USN, used vivid descriptions and video presentations to talk about his experiences as a Navy Seal and as an astronaut candidate. Cassidy, a 1987 Maine American Legion Boys' Stater, described his interview and 20-month training process with NASA. He talked about visiting all 10 space centers in the country, riding in the "vomit comet," training on T-38s and getting familiar with training manuals that contain about 200 pounds of paper.

Boys' State hosted the SCALES program, the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students, during which the Tennessee Supreme Court held a special session to hear oral arguments in two actual Supreme Court cases.

Each delegate received Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Defibrillator training during the week at Tennessee Tech University. The instructor intensive, video-based training course was taught by members of the Putnam County Emergency Medical Services and City of Cookeville firefighters. The hands-on training provided every delegate with the knowledge about how to administer CPR and use electronic defibrillators.