Levi O’Tool, a lovable guy with silky blonde hair from the Hastings delegation. Though he may seem soft-spoken, he is a big shot in the Youth in Government program and is helping to create some new and exciting things here. He is vice chair of the new State Steering Committee Executive Office, better known as SCEO, whose job is “to tackle the projects that don’t fit into any other project area,” he explains, like the whY I Give campaign and providing private tours.
But where did he start? Levi began YIG in Leadership Corps, “[When I was in 8th grade], the most impressive thing for me was the older students that were leaders […] I aspired to be like that.” And he did follow his aspirations towards the top. Freshman year he was appointed to the Junior Cabinet as Commissioner of Education, sophomore returned to the Junior Cabinet as an at large member, and was appointed to the Lt. Governor’s Chief of Staff for his junior year. He also devotes his time and efforts at Model United Nations and the State Steering Committee. While at the State Steering Committee in August, he had a decision to make: stay as Chief of Staff for the upcoming year or run for the position of vice chair in the new SCEO program. “I had a conversation with the Lt. Governor, and we both decided it was a better opportunity for me looking forward to my YIG Career,” O’Tool explains. He went on to win the race, and had to relinquish his previous position of Chief of Staff to take over his new role.
While his story may be personal to him, it is not at all unusual or impossible in the wonderful YIG community with it’s abundance of opportunities. A delegate doesn’t have to be sensationally outgoing or talkative to be successful. Levi was known as a quiet guy, but with hard work, motivation, and devoting a great deal of time into the program, he has transformed into a well put together guy who knows how to help manage a whole conference and make sure things go smoothly so we can all experience the Youth in Government program at its fullest.
Looking towards O’Tool’s, SCEO’s, and YIG’s futures, we are expecting even bigger and better things. “I think people are going to realize how useful SCEO is […] We will become a more tapped resource,” O’Tool says.
So what’s the point of Levi’s story? If you are passionate, and you debate, apply for appointed positions, run for elected office, or work passionately, you have a chance of making your dreams come true through this conference. Take advantage of everything YIG provides to make the most of your experiences, you won’t regret it.
This article was written by Logan Welshons, Digital Media