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 young man becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.
This year, organizers are asking local businesses or individuals to help even more students attend the event to be held May 19-25 by sponsoring a student for the program. The tuition is $350 per student for the program, which is held at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.
Those who donate can choose a name to sponsor from a school list. Deadline for donations is March 15. Checks may be made out to American Legion and sent to Jack Buck, Boys State chairman, 86 Mooneyham Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
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.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.
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.