The president will see you…

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the scant month since finishing his junior year at McNary High School, Ryan Edsall has taken a stab at solving the problem of homelessness, attempted to alleviate the strains on the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, been elected a senator and is on his way to meeting President Barack Obama. He also became a candidate for potential acceptance to the Annapolis Naval Academy where he hopes to study and start on the path to becoming a U.S. Marine. What have you done with your summer vacation? In June, Edsall, 17, took part in the annual Oregon Boys State Leadership Academy with local sponsorship by the Keizer Elks. While there, he got a crash course in civic engagement trying to solve the logistical and social woes of a hypothetical 51st state. “There was a resource management problem and we had to figure out how to connect a highway to our cities and protect local resources at the same time,” Edsall said. “We also had to find a way to aid the homeless, especially those in kindergarten through high school.” Edsall’s group decided to build apartments that would be free so long as the residents attended job preparation classes. Once the residents completed the program they would be connected with a counselor who would help them find a job and keep a job...

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