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Way to Go: Ryan Leone, Farmingville

Ryan Leone, 17, a senior at Sachem High

Ryan Leone, 17, a senior at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, was elected to the top spot of governor this summer at Boys State, an American Legion program in which students learn about the legislative process by becoming part of mock local, county and state governments.

Ryan Leone can add one more title to his extensive list of academic and extracurricular positions: governor.

The senior at Sachem High School East in Farmingville was elected to the top spot of governor this summer at Boys State, an American Legion program in which students learn about the legislative process by becoming part of mock local, county and state governments.

The weeklong event -- held at Morrisville State College, the SUNY school about 30 miles from Syracuse -- included more than 1,000 high school students from across New York.

To be elected, Leone first won a party nomination for his county -- one of 10 counties and 30 cities in the program -- and rapped his nomination speech.

"I wanted to show that I could get my point across in a creative way," said Leone, 17. Of his election, he said: "I was ecstatic. It's a great honor."

After Boys State, Leone was selected by American Legion officials to serve as one of two New York "senators" at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. There, he and his peers were visited by President Barack Obama and had the chance to sing "Happy Birthday" to him.

Leone, an Eagle Scout, is senior class president, co-president of the Foreign Language Honor Society, secretary of the National Honor Society and publicity director for three other groups.

He also is captain of the varsity football and track teams.

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