Northern Kentucky high school senior ready to change the world

N.Ky. Voice: Teen wants his voice to echo peers'

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – What's the first thing you do when you meet the governor? Well, if you're 17, you take a selfie with the Kentucky politician. But Casmir Thornberry hopes he's the guy kids want selfies taken with one day.

"I thought it'd be pretty cool to take a selfie with the governor," he jested.

"It was pretty funny! He was all for it," Thornberry said about snapping a selfie with Gov. Steve Beshear.

Aside from the joking around, the soon-to-be senior at Dixie Heights High School has some pretty high aspirations and already has the tone of a political mogul.

"I want to be the best voice for the people and whether that's in law or politics, that's what I want to do. We need to work together for the greater good of society. Are our representatives the voice of the people? Or the voice of themselves, voice of their own opinion?"

He was that voice for his peers at Boys State at the Wendell Ford Training Base in Greenville, Ky., where about 100 high-achieving teenaged boys are selected to learn about Kentucky's political background and he was voted in as their leader.

It was during that trip last week, when he and seven others were selected to meet Gov. Steve Beshear in Frankfort, Ky.

"Kentucky is fortunate to have thoughtful and talented young leaders like Casmir who are already, at a young age, engaged citizens," Beshear said of the student who was sponsored by local business owner David Bunten and the American Legion Post 203 in Latonia, Ky.  

And on July 18, the well-spoken senior class president, known around school as "Mr. President", will head to Washington, D.C. for Boys Nation.

WCPO Insiders can read about Thornberry's plans for D.C. and beyond.


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