A common phrase we often hear is “we need more young people to get involved.”
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary teach them how. As one Boys State alumni said, “I am so grateful to you for this chance of a lifetime. I did have the time of my life! Boys State is going to go down as the best activity I’ve done in high school. It really sparked my interest in how the government works – at all levels. I can’t wait to start participating in voting and politics.” -Alec F. class of 2010.
Every year, the American Legion Boys State program and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program teach young men and young women in their junior year of high school the function of government, as well as leadership, management and communication skills. The time spent there also allows the attendees to experience life in a college dorm setting. In the course of seven days they will also develop friendships that will last a life time. At Boys State and Girls State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students.
Boys State is held at Northwood University, Midland, and Girls State is held at Michigan State University, East Lansing. The dates of both programs are June 14-21, 2014.
Several students from Iron Mountain High School will be attending Boys State and Girls State this year. The American Legion, Post 50, Iron Mountain, is sponsoring three young men to attend Boys State: Dominic VanLaanen, Jarett McClanahan, and Joshua Kramer. The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 50, Iron Mountain, is sponsoring Hannah Hakamaki to attend Girls State.
From Kingsford High School, the Sons of The American Legion, Squadron 50, Iron Mountain, is sponsoring Brandon Lindholm. The American Legion, Post 363, Kingsford, is sponsoring two young men for Boys State: Austin Stanchina and Donald Lee and is also sponsoring two young women for Girls State: Bailey Rutter and Molly Meneguzzo.
If you are interested in seeing these fine young men and women embark on this exciting journey, please join family and friends and give them a good send-off. The bus will leave from the American Legion, 916 River Ave, Iron Mountain, at 7:30 pm on June 14.
Diana M. Bancroft
Girls State Chairman
Unit 50, Iron Mountain