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American Legion seeks high school boys for program

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The American Legion posts in West Virginia are recruiting high school junior boys to participate in the 76th annual Mountaineer Boys State. The goal is for 420 boys to attend.

Educators and counselors at the high schools are assisting in the selection of qualified boys to attend.

The Mountaineer Boys State is a one-week course in the operation of government and the political process. Each citizen, as the participants are referred to, can choose from five career paths that include Legislative, Judicial, Financial, Law Enforcement and Journalism. The objective is to have the young men run their 51st state of the United States. The program is designed to mirror the structure and operation of state governments, while imparting citizenship, leadership and character development through a non-partisan perspective. City, county and state officials are elected and appointed to office by its citizens.

The program will be conducted at West Virginia University's Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston in Lewis County. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday June 9, 2013, and the final session will dismiss at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

The American Legion Auxiliary is also recruiting high school junior girls to attend the Rhododendron Girls State program being held in June on the Wheeling Jesuit College Campus in Ohio County.

The local American Legion post along with help from contributions by businesses and other community based organizations pays the $200 fee for each boy attending the program. If you, as an individual or as a new group, would like to help sponsor the boys and girls, you can contact a local post or mail your tax deductible contribution to The American Legion Department of WV, ATTN: Boys State, PO Box 3191 Charleston, WV 25332.