When he was in grade school, Allan K. Metz’ parents gave him a choice of going to Disney World or Washington, D.C.
He chose the nation’s capital.
Next month, Allan, an honor student and member of the track and cross-country teams at Lordstown High School, is making his fourth trip to the District of Columbia, this time as one of 98 young men nationwide selected to attend American Legion Boys Nation 2013 from July 19-27.
Delegates to Boys Nation, a weeklong, hands-on experience in federal government, are selected from delegates at state American Legion Boys State conventions. Criteria include academics, school and community involvement, and achievements while at their Boys State event, BBS officials said.
Allan, 17, is one of two Ohio Boys Nation representatives chosen from among 1,200 high school seniors-to-be who attended American Legion Buckeye Boys State on June 9-16 at Bowling Green State University.
The other Ohioan is Derek M. Whiddon, a student at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. His sponsor is American Legion Post 449 in Akron.
At Lordstown High School, Allan, the son of Tracey and Kenneth A. Metz, is vice president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Key Club International, a student council representative, and participates in track and cross-country.
He is also a Big Brother-Big Sister mentor, a graduate of Youth Leadership Mahoning Valley, a member of Students Making a Safer Highway and has a 1st Dan black belt in Shotokan karate.
At Buckeye Boys State, Allan, sponsored by American Legion Post 236 in Newton Falls, was a major with the BBS Ohio State Highway Patrol charged with enforcing laws passed by the Legislature.
“I wanted to learn more about what my dad did,” explained Metz, whose father, a retired OSHP trooper who worked out of the Lisbon Post, was 2001 Trooper of the Year. The elder Metz, a 1983 graduate of Lordstown High School, served in the Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988 and is a part-time officer with the Lordstown Police Department.
Allan’s mother, the former Tracey Robison, graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1984 and is a beautician at Tara Mia Spa and Salon in Howland.
Allan, who is leaning toward studying pre- medicine at Ohio State University and becoming a cardiologist, said one of the most-interesting things about Boys State was seeing 1,200 people working efficiently toward the same goal.
In preparation for Boys Nation, Allan and Derek have to write a bill and a resolution for consideration.
He said there are scheduled tours of the Capitol during the week, and that Boys Nation delegates are scheduled to meet with their counterparts in the U.S. Senate while in Washington. They also hope to meet President Obama.
Allan said he hasn’t decided yet if he will run for office at Boys Nation, but admitted “being president would be awesome.”
His parents attended graduation day at Buckeye Boys State, when it was announced he was selected for Boys Nation.
“We’re very proud of him,” his mother said.