Newfane American Legion Post No. 873 reports the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary will soon be interviewing high school junior boys and girls for the Boys' and Girls' State. Boys' State is at Morrisville State College in Morrisville. Girls' State is at Brockport State College and is during the last week of June.
According to the American Legion, Boys' and Girls' State is a program developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government; that the individual is an integral part, and commensurately responsible, for the character and success of his government.
Boys' and Girls' State is classified as a Leadership Action Program, wherein qualified high school juniors participate in a practical government course designed to develop in the young citizens a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon them that their government is just what they make it.
Boys' and Girls' State is not a summer camp, the Legion adds. Only young men and women with outstanding qualifications in leadership, character, scholarship, service and citizenship who will have a serious attitude toward an intensive citizenship training program will be selected.
According Newfane Post No. 873 any junior from Newfane meeting the following criteria and qualifications is eligible. This also includes parochial and home schooled students. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age at the time of application and be residents of New York state. They must have completed their junior year in the upper 50 percent of their class and intend to return to school to complete their education. Candidates should also possess qualities such as leadership, the ability to get along with others, physical cleanliness and neatness, honesty, enthusiasm, a good personality and vigorous attitude, and a good citizenship.
Those interested in attending the Boys' and Girls' State programs and who meet the above criteria should contact their school's guidance counselor or principal. Or e-mail the legion at [email protected].