Campus leader headed toward engineering or law
WRITTEN BY Julie Drake
Quartz Hill High School senior Lucas Foy figured he had a good chance at being elected lieutenant governor for California’s Boys State last June.
“They set you in dorms of two people, and my roommate was running for governor. I’m like, ‘I should probably not run for governor; every single person is running for governor,’” Lucas said.
The position of lieutenant governor is the second-highest honor granted at the Boys State program, which is sponsored by the American Legion.
Lucas campaigned heartedly for the office.
“You shake as many hands as possible. You talk to as many people as possible, make as many friends as you can,” he said.
Each June, Boys State gives hundreds of the state’s most talented and accomplished high school juniors a chance to see how state government is run.
Erik Dietz, a 2009 Quartz Hill High alumnus, attended Boys State in 2008. He has been a counselor at the program since 2009. He also interviews new potential delegates to send to Boys State each year. Lucas was one of the delegates Dietz selected this year, Dietz wrote in an email.
“From the first time that I interviewed him, Lucas struck me as a dynamic individual, one that could take charge of a group of people while navigating and remaining respectful of the unique differences of opinion that each person was bound to have,” Dietz wrote.
He added, “This skill is of the utmost importance at a program like Boys State, where every delegate stands out at their home school, whether they are a captain of their sports team or ASB president. Lucas was able to distinguish himself from 1,000 of the best and brightest rising seniors that California could offer to achieve the office of Lt. Governor. I could not be more proud of him.”
Lucas made it through the primaries, which he deemed pretty easy. Then he had to debate his opponent.
“I did really well in the debate section,” Lucas said.
The debate featured a variety of topics, including school policies like the charter school system, irrigation issues related to the drought, and health care.
Just as in the real world, a debate team prepped the candidates before they went out.
“I knew a little bit about all of the subjects beforehand, but then they make you experts on each subject. That made it easier,” Lucas said.
Nearly 1,000 young men from across California participated in the program, which was held in Sacramento.
Lucas admitted he didn’t do so well in his speech.
“I gave a very generic speech,” he said, laughing.
However, Lucas won. He credited his debate for pushing him over the top.
As the lieutenant governor Lucas led the Senate while it was in session. His assigned party, the Federalists, won the office of governor and secretary of state.
His roommate didn’t win.
Lucas is considering a career in engineering or in law. His father, David Foy, a former Antelope Valley Press reporter, is now an assistant district attorney for San Bernardino County.
“I like making things,” Lucas said of engineering. “And also, if I was to go into the military I would be making something to help my country.”
As for the appeal of a law career, Lucas said he likes the social factor and the ability of talking to plenty of people all day.
“I want to be social, and I want to be able to have that component to it. And I also really like debating, arguing things,” Lucas said.
Asked which colleges he would most like to attend, Lucas replied California State University, Long Beach, which has the President’s Scholars program. He would also like to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, or the University of California, Irvine.
Lucas joined Boys State because he likes the idea of leadership.
“I like to be in roles where I can make a difference,” he said. “So, wherever I am that I can make a difference in the community or wherever it may be, I really enjoy that.”
Lucas volunteers for Quartz Hill High’s Key Club, a high school service organization affiliated with Kiwanis International.
He also helped start the AP/IB Scholarship Foundation, through which students raise money to help students who are taking their Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
“If you’re taking a bunch of AP and IB tests, that adds up to lot of money,” he said.
Lucas has taken five AP exams so far. This year’s class schedule is all AP courses, six in all. His day begins with AP stats, followed by AP biology, English 12, calculus BC, government and physics.
“It’s not getting too hard quite yet, but once Mock Trial comes around it’s going to be really difficult to get my homework done,” Lucas said.
The teen joined Mock Trial for the first time last year. He hadn’t heard about it previously.
“Once I knew it existed I wanted to join it immediately,” Lucas said.