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No time for mediocrity

CBA senior aims high in Boys Nation program

CBA student Chris Watson met President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. in August through Boys Nation.

CBA student Chris Watson met President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. in August through Boys Nation. Submitted Photo

— Watson was chosen as one of New York’s representatives and in late July, met, and hugged, President Barack Obama.

“We didn’t really believe it was him until we shook his hand,” Watson said.

Although he is grateful, all of the recognition from his school and Boys State/Nation doesn’t seem to faze Watson in the least. Hoping to accomplish his dream of getting into West Point, the busy student said his main goal in life is to help people.

“I just want a life where at the end of it I at least helped one person, or made a difference in one person’s life,” Watson said.

Although Erickson said Watson should take just a little more time to goof off and take a moment to breathe, Erickson admires Watson’s leadership and influence he’s had on his peers.

“When you’re 17 and you can convince another 17-year-old to shave and clean your shoes, you can lead,” Erickson said. “I don’t care what you do in life, you can lead.”

The American Legion was set to honor Watson’s accomplishments at a morning ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 7, ceremony at CBA.

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