LIMA - Chasity Boedicker started to describe sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives as a once in a lifetime opportunity, but then stopped.
"Well, hopefully not. I want to be a senator," the Lima Senior High School senior said.
Boedicker received an up-close look at the nation's capital when attending a National Young Leaders Conference.
Along with participating in a mock Congress, Supreme Court simulation, meeting with staff of local representatives and lots of leadership training, the week included visiting many D.C attractions.
"It was awesome. I started tearing up in the archives," she said. "I've just always been a big history nerd."
Her favorite though, was sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives, saying it's something the average tourist doesn't get to do.
Boedicker, who received a little tastes of politics at Buckeye Girls State last summer, is headed to Ohio Northern University in the fall to study political science. She plans to go onto law school and one day serve in the Senate.
"As a senator, you are active in the government and what you say is heard and matters," she said. "You really can make a difference."
Boedicker has been honing her law skills. Her senior project involved putting together a Supreme Court case involving the Lima schools' uniform policy. Her research and work led her to believe that the highest court in the country would find the policy constitutional.
She decided on the project after serving on a uniform committee, which proposed changes to the policy eventually approved by the school board. Boedicker recently presented her project to the Lima Noon Optimist Club during its recognition of Respect for Law Week.
"I was very nervous," she said of the Optimist Club presentation. "I did not think I would be speaking in front of judges and lawyers."
Boedicker is on Lima Senior's soccer and track teams and was a member of the School of Multiple Intelligences' moonbuggy team. Maintaining a 3.6 grade point average, she is a member of the National Honor Society and plays the saxophone. She also worked on the district's last levy campaign, including speaking to Lima City Council.
Boedicker is also involved in the youth group at Westside United Methodist Church and went on a mission trip to an Appalachian area of Kentucky. She was also involved with the Allen County Junior Miss Scholarship Program.