Treumann-Webb-Phelps American Legion Post 6

BOYS STATE
 

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From Post 6's 2019 Candidate for Boys State - Aiden Fire

Hello!

I am Aidan Fire, thank you all so much for sponsoring me to go to ND Boys State. The opportunity this provided me with was amazing. While at Boys State, I was the city correspondent to Nokobota and was elected to Senate Majority Whip. While serving in the Senate I debated and voted on numerous bills and resolutions, all the while learning much about parliamentary procedures and how local government truly works. In addition to this, while at Boys State I met some of the nicest, most genuine, and smartest guys ever. I still am talking to many of the people that I met while at Boys State. Lastly, I was able to tour the county courthouse and jail. While in the courthouse, we sat in on a court hearing. It was very interesting to be able to sit in and watch how court procedure goes, as well as meet some of the people who answer 911 calls. Overall, my experience at Boys State was life changing. I met some of the greatest people I have ever met, got invaluable experience working in the Senate, and had an incredible time. 

 

Thank you,

Aidan Fire


American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit  http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html  

 

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