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Robert Kennedys statement that Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly has been painfully evident in my life Until recently I had never dared to fail greatly at anything and as a result I never achieved greatly at anything either Luckily I have learned the importance of attempting something when theres a looming possibility of failure At Boys State this summer I spent a week living with 300 other young men while learning about how North Carolinas government works To give us a firm grasp of the governmental process each floor elected town officials each dorm elected county officials and the three dorms together elected the state officials The Boys State program also had its own moot court program from which Supreme Court Justices were elected At Boys State I ran for positions in the town and county government and for Supreme Court Justice Of the seven positions I competed for I only won two elections I count this as a failure because the only positions I won were positions that had no candidates to oppose me The loss that affected me the most was Supreme Court Justice This was the position I had wanted to win even before I arrived at Boys State and I gave up all of my afternoon activity time so that I could participate in the moot court program and remain an eligible candidate for Supreme Court Justice Unfortunately the elections for justices were the last of all the voting and by midnight everybody wanted to get back to their dorms so the time for our speeches was cut from one minute to ten seconds Needless to say I was so unprepared for the sudden change of events that I barely had time to say my name and one reason I was running before I ran out of time I lost the election but the loss taught me that I needed to become more visible so
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