Introduced Version House Resolution 32 History

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(By Delegates Boggs and Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson)




Honoring the service and contributions of Governor William Gaston Caperton III to the youth of West Virginia.

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III was born February 21, 1940, in Charleston, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then returned to Charleston to manage his family-owned insurance firm; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton later became the principal owner of the insurance firm, turning it into one of the largest privately-owned insurance brokerage firms in the country; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton was elected the Thirty-first Governor of West Virginia in November 1988 and served as Governor of West Virginia from 1989 until 1997; and

    Whereas, During his service as Governor, Gaston Caperton distinguished himself as a model of fiscal responsibility and an innovator of education reform, resulting in him being named as the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association; and

    Whereas, During his term as Governor, Gaston Caperton was instrumental in championing causes and programs of the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association; and

    Whereas, These achievements include continued and increased funding of the Governor's Youth Opportunity Camp at Camp Horseshoe for low income 7- to 12-year-old West Virginia boys and girls, enabling at-risk children to turn their lives to achievement in school, career, more healthy living, and citizenship; and

    Whereas, As Governor, Gaston Caperton was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to extend youth leadership programming into more West Virginia schools and communities; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton led the creation of the Institute for IDEAS at Camp Horseshoe as a residential alternative school for talented West Virginia 8th and 9th graders who were failing in school and often life, motivating and preparing more than 85% of the students to return home to succeed in school and life; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton was an integral partner in the Youth in Government Model Legislature program, which provides students with live on-hands experience in the workings of state government; and

    Whereas, After completing two terms as Governor, Gaston Caperton taught at Harvard University, and was a founder of the Institute on Education and Government at Columbia University; and

    Whereas, In 1999, Gaston Caperton became president of the College Board, which administers the SAT and AP tests; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton left the College Board in 2012 in order to return to Charleston; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton's contributions to the Youth of West Virginia have been known to generations and will be felt by generations to follow; and

    Whereas, Gaston Caperton's accomplishments are being recognized on April 4, 2013, as the 10th recipient of the Lewis N. McManus Spirit of the Mountains Award, an impressive designation previously received by Jessica Lynch, Cecil Underwood, John D. Rockefeller IV, Bill Raney, Gayle Manchin and James H. "Buck" Harless, among others; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Delegates:

    That the House of Delegates hereby recognizes and commends the contributions of Governor William Gaston Caperton III to the causes of young people, distressed youth, and programs to enhance their lives and education; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates expresses its congratulations to Governor Caperton in being selected for this significant award; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Legislature joins with the Youth Leadership Association in recognizing and thanking Governor Caperton for his service to the People of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk provide copies of this award to Governor William Gaston Caperton III and the Youth Leadership Association.

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