2010 Boys State
Congratulations to our 2010 Post 6 Boys State Representatives
Black River High School
Holland Christian High School
Brad Hekman * Tyler Markvluwer
Mark DeHaan * Drew Thomas
Holland High School
Kenneth Baker * Brandon Martinez
West Ottawa High School
Matthew Bush * Samuel Walker
Important 2010 Boys State PDFs
Monday, April 12, 2010
Bill Reicks and Tina Willard visited Black River School, Holland Christian School, Holland High School and West Ottawa High School where we were very well recieved by the school counsellors. Many of them were very enthusiastic and already had potential candidates lined up for us. We dropped off our letter and flyers and hope to hear back from them by their deadline on May 15. We sent them an email thanking them for their time. The new e-mail address for our Post Boys State is email@example.com.
About Boys State
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 (except Hawaii). 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.
For information on Michigan’s program visit http://www.michiganboysstate.org/.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.
For online details visit www.michalaux.org/GIRLSSTATE.HTM.