Girls & Boys State

Colby Brown, Canaan Fechner, and Jeff Schnabel are attending Boys State in Aberdeen. Gracey Schatz is attending Girls State in Vermillion. 

American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs for high school juniors going into their senior year, which focus on exploring the mechanics of American government and politics. The programs are sponsored by the American Legion (AL) and the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) respectively. Boys and girls are nominated by their high school based on the characteristics of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in school and community activities. Boys and Girls State programs both began in 1937 and are held in each of the U.S. states.

At Boys and Girls State, student delegates will find the opportunity to build new friendships, participate in a mock government, and hear from and meet a diverse array of state leaders including congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and others. Delegates will have the opportunity to join interest groups that focus on their individual areas of interest. Delegates will also have activity time during which they can participate in recreational activities and build lasting relationships with those around them.

Local sponsors for this year's Boys/Girls State delegates: American Legion Auxiliary, Tripp American Legion, Delmont American Legion & BankWest. Thank you to these generous sponsors!

HAVE FUN Colby, Canaan, Jeff and Gracey!!