Leading by Example
Boulder Creek senior Joe Pitts raises the bar for student leaders around Arizona
By Emma Suttell
Heading into his senior year, Joe Pitts undoubtedly brought with him a new level of leadership ability. While most students use high school as an opportunity to jump-start their training and skills, Joe has been honing his skills throughout his high school career.
Along with serving three terms in Boulder Creek High School’s student government and continuing onto a fourth as student body secretary, Joe is heavily involved in Boys State, an organization run by the American Legion focused on training young men in civics, government and leadership.
During the last week of July, Joe was selected as a representative of Arizona to attend Boys Nation, a conference of select delegates from each Boys State program, in Washington, D.C. Boys Nation is full of informative presentations, political simulations and a multitude of seminars.
Joe has always been involved in politics. The summer after his freshman year, he served as an intern for the McCain 2016 campaign. Throughout the campaign, he says McCain shaped him as a person, and the experience helped him form many new connections. The full political process gave him firsthand experience in how these types of connections are made and how much in-person work goes into them. He now works as a field organizer, essentially helping organize other interns, for Gov. Doug Ducey’s re-election campaign.
After serving as president of Boulder Creek’s Key Club, a club dedicated to community service, Joe was recently elected as president for the Boulder Creek National Honor Society, a nationwide program made up of outstanding students that encourages students to excel in academics, leadership and community service. As part of his position, Joe helps organize volunteer opportunities for a membership of juniors and seniors, lead a team of club officers, and lead various events throughout the school year.
One volunteer experience that changed his perspective? A day of serving at the MANA House, a Catholic charity made of veterans supporting other veterans. After spending a day setting up and building beds, Joe noted, “That really changed me because it was crazy to see that people who served our country are living in poverty.”
Joe aspires to attend Georgetown University and potentially major in international business. After college, the pursuit for office is on: the state department, diplomacy, CIA, anything is possible for a leader like Joe.
“I want to see where life takes me,” he says. “I’d say my dream career goal would be to be president of the United States, but that’s not a job you can exactly apply for.”
– Emma Suttell is a junior at Boulder Creek High School. You can find more of her work on andthenemma.com.
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