Schut and Campbell learn process of government
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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Sadie Schut
Sadie Schut
Michael Campbell
Michael Campbell
At a glance
Sadie Schut

• Ranked No 9 in Patterson High School senior class with a 4.5 GPA

• Accomplishments: Girls State representative. PHS volleyball, basketball, softball teams and was team captain. She wants to be on the golf team this year. Sadie is in the AP Calculus Club, Physics Club and PHAST – Protecting Health And Slamming Tobacco. She was also was in the PHS Ambassador program when she was a junior helping freshmen get comfortable with high school

• Siblings: Ewan, 10, who attends Las Palmas and Ethan, 15, who attends PHS

• Career goals: Sadie is undecided; she’s looking into being a pastry chef. After graduation she’d like to live in Italy for a year and think about her career choices.

Michael Campbell

• Ranked No. 14 in his class at Patterson High with a 4.07 GPA

• Accomplishments: Boys Sate representative. PHS Associated Student Body treasurer, Scholar-Athlete. Football accolades as defensive most valuable player in his freshman year, captain in sophomore year. Academic Block P award.

• Siblings; Sister, Nia, age 6

• Career goals: He wants to attend Morehouse University in Atlanta, Ga., to study political science; Then he wants to attend law school to become an attorney.

Two incoming Patterson High School seniors — Sadie Schut and Michael Campbell — studied governmental affairs and how the process works when they attended Girls State and Boys State respectively in June.

Sadie, 17, is the daughter of Katheryn and Evan Schut of Patterson. She was one of the 570 girls who attended the Girls State 70th session at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont from June 17-22. Sadie is following in the footsteps of her dad, Evan, and paternal grandmother, the late Joland Schut, who each attended Boys and Girls State when they were in high school.

Michael, 16, son of Kinisha and Michael Campbell, Sr., was among the more than 1,400 boys who attended the 76th session of Boys State from June 22 to June 29 at California State University, Sacramento.

The American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion Elijah B Hayes Post No. 168 chose the pair based on written essays about what it meant to be an American, grade- point- averages and their extra curricular activities.

Upon arrival at their respective conferences, Sadie and Michael began the process of being involved in mock government by being assigned to a “city.” Sadie was a resident of the mythical city of Bidwell and Michael a resident of the city of Serra; four of the cities made up a county. Both students were in the Whig party.

Although neither wants to go into politics as a career, they learned more than they expected from the experience.

“I wanted to learn more about politics and interact with girls similar to me —who are driven in school and academics,” Sadie said.

Michael added the conference provided a lot more than he expected.

“They incorporated sports and motivational speakers — seminars were great.” Michael said. “The boys and myself could really learn a lot from those speakers who were previous Boys Staters.”

All about government

Sadie, Michael and the friends they made at the conference learned the workings of city, county and state government while still participating in recreational activities and sports games during their stay.

Sadie said each day began at 6 a.m. and, although everyone was in their rooms by 10:30 p.m., conference attendees would often be up until 1 a.m.

“You’re exhausted but it was fun and beyond worth it,” Sadie said.

Sadie didn’t run for office but was sergeant-of -arms for the assembly, as well as a page that helped distribute all of the notes to the members of the senate. She also worked with the speaker of the house, the governor and helped with other girls’ campaigns.

“I will never run for politics — I’m too close-minded when it comes to politics,” she said. “I met so many girls who are like me and driven in life — we still contact each other through texting.”

Sadie is grateful to the auxiliary for giving her the chance to participate in Girls State. “Much thanks to the auxiliary,” Sadie said. “I’m so appreciative to have gone through such an amazing experience. I told all my family and my friends if I could do it 100 times again, I absolutely would.”

Michael didn’t run for office, but had his hands full working as athletic advisor. He was in charge of getting a sports team together for every game that was held during Boys State. He and his conference mates had the opportunity to tour the state capitol building in Sacramento and visit its surrounding parks, places he visited for the first time.

“I’d never seen it before — I thought it was very cool,” Michael said.

Michael added he thoroughly enjoyed the conference.

“It informed me. I learned a lot more that changed my life,” Michael said. “I learned a lot — it taught me the ins and outs of the branches of government levels. I at least know a broad generalization of our actual government and I feel that is important.”

He is grateful to the teachers and counselors at Patterson High School who recommended him to legion members to attend the conference.

“I would like to especially thank Mr. Phil Breasher of the American Legion who was my sponsor,” Michael said.

Michael added he’ll keep in touch with other Boys Staters.

“I left there making a lot of connections, making a lot of friends and meeting a lot of people from throughout California,” Michael said. “I have their phone numbers so I can keep in touch with them.”

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