Former Governor Booker reflects on Y&G
The new youth governor may be Daniel Park of Waubonsie Valley, but reflections of governors past are not so far behind. Isaiah Booker, the former youth governor from Naperville North, recalled his leadership experience.
Booker said he enjoyed every minute of working in the position and all of the work that went into it on the front end.
Being elected was a gratifying accomplishment after all of the blood, sweat, and tears put into campaigning and speeches. Booker remembered how he felt when they announced his name as the winner.
“Winning the election was very great, and I felt like I had worked very hard for the position I possessed,” Booker said.
As governor, Booker was responsible for signing all legislation, among other tasks. All governors have a different favorite aspect of the job.
According to Booker, his favorite duties included “signing and hearing bills while also looking at the judicial aspect of things,” which was new for him.
Every year, the youth governor must turn over the reins to a new delegate. Booker weighed in on the election of new youth governor Daniel Park.
“[He was] the best candidate, and I’m very excited that he won,” Booker said.
The governor has a great deal of power, and Booker believes personality is key to obtaining that level of respect. The candidates need to be engaging and personable in order to appeal to voters.
“Personality is everything. You really have to catch the audience’s attention in everything you do, and I think Daniel really did that in his speech. I think that’s partially why he ran away with the win,” he said.
Booker has high hopes for Park as governor of Y&G.
“I hope that he really connects with the people here this weekend and signs bills that would benefit the people,” Booker said.
A common question concerning the governor is what they do after their term. After their term is over, some governors continue to stay involved with the program. Some former youth governors, like Booker, try to better their surroundings.
“I’m always trying to write proposals to better our state in the long run,” Booker said.
(written by Ariana Miceli, Lake Park)