On May 15th, the Teen Aged Republicans Society loaded a bus bright and early to travel to our state capitol. The students were very excited to tour the place where our state's leaders and their families have rested their heads at night. The mansion is a historic, French style, beautiful building built in 1914. The first governor to live in the mansion was James B. McCreary.
The Governor's Mansion
The First Ladies
The Formal Dining Room
The buffet centerpiece that was on the USS Kentucky. When the ship retired, this piece was given to the Kentucky Governor.
The USS Kentucky
Formal Dining Room
The Ball Room
The Family Dining Room
The Tour Guides
Next, the group traveled to the first Capitol Building. It was only used for around 80 years. The building is a Greek Revival style.
L-R; Samantha Dixson, Keesha Thompson, Tanner Thompson, Tyler Lovett, Grayson Guffey, Heather Abbot, Bailey Wright, Guiseppe Nappi, Kali Sloan, Bryce Hoard, Andrew Bertram, Elliott Cross, Simon Heymans, D'Angelo Dixson, and Aubrey Weaver
The TARS kids also attended a brain-stimulating activity center in Lexington, KY. Countdown games has hands-on activities to simulate real-life adventure scenarios. One group participated in an escape room. They were handcuffed and blindfolded and led to a room that housed a three-story castle. The blindfold and cuffs were removed, then the students had one hour to find keys, clues, codes, and objects to spring themselves out of the room to freedom.
Another group was led into a room where they played a game called masquarade. This group got into character by dressing up with hats or masks. The game had six different rooms that the players checked into at the time of action. With tablets, each person was assigned their role as either a medic, a guest, the detective, or the murder. Some of the games they played had two murderers to spice things up a bit more. Each role had certain actions they could choose. The goal was to expose the murderer(s). The murderer's goal was to elude being discovered.
These activities worked on team-work, trustworthiness, and made the participants think outside of the box, while incorperating some fun.
After the games, the students were treated to a nice, sit-down meal at the prestegious restaurant, Malone's. Each student was dressed nicely and used proper table manners.
"TARS is a super organization sponsored by Jamie Foster, who has done a trumendous job helping my classmates and I learn more about and be active within the political party that we affiliate with. Our President, Tanner Thompson had a lot on his plate this year. He was a huge factor in every single activity or trip that the TARS embarked on. I would say that Tanner orgainzed and got a huge majority of all of our trips and actitivies on the ground running. And I can not think of a better suited person to succeed Tanner than Aubrey Weaver, who will be the TARS president next year, " said TARS Vice President, Bailey Wright.