Roger Cawdette was born on October 13,1999 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He currently resides in Jamaica Plain and is going into his senior year at the Boston Latin School.

Roger was first introduced to government and politics through Model United Nations, a club at BLS which he is heavily involved in. MUN has provided him with a setting where he is able to debate over a wide array of political, economic, cultural, environmental, and social issues. Additionally, he has competed at conferences where he has had the chance to meet with students from around the country who are also very passionate about government.

In the past year he has furthered his knowledge of government in taking AP US History as well as American Government and Politics. He looks forward to taking Comparative Government and AP Economics in the coming year to further his understanding of the functioning of governments across the world. Roger cites Barack Obama and F.D.R. as his favorite presidents for their work in bettering the life of the lower and middle class Americans.  He also admires Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, his favorite politician for her relentless advocacy and willingness to challenge major banks and corporations.

Outside of school, Roger spends most of his time involved with orchestra and classical music. He is a violist in the Boston Youth Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra which he has recently toured with to Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay. He looks forward to embarking on a tour of Germany, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands in the coming year.

In his free time he enjoys keeping up with the news particularly by watching NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and CNN as well as reading the New York Times. His favorite TV shows include House of Cards, New Girl, and Homeland.

This summer Roger will serve as the Ward Fellow for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. He is very excited to immerse himself in a government setting in order to better understand what a career in government might entail. He hopes that the Ward Fellowship will be the first step in an extensive career in government and public service. Additionally, he is interested in studying Political Science, Economics, or Music in college.