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June 3, 2014 > Local students will attend American Legion Boys State

Local students will attend American Legion Boys State

Submitted By Les Mensinger

What do Rush Limbaugh, Michael Jordan, George Pataki, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney, Tom Brokaw and Bon Jovi have in common? They all attended the American Legion's Boys State Program.

In 1935, Hays Kennedy and Harold Card became concerned about the youth of America attending fascist training camps. They felt that it was important to have a counter-movement to stress the importance and value of our democratic form of government. The strength of our nation lies not only in the size of our armed forces, but also in the character, loyalty and
intelligence of our citizens. American citizens who understand our government and who recognize their duties and obligations to our country are the foundation and backbone of this country.

The Boys State and Girls State Program is offered to high school juniors who are recommended to local American Legion Posts by their schools. This week-long program, offered separately to boys and girls, teaches the students how city, county and state governments are organized and how they function. They learn through participation in mock executive, judicial and legislative bodies that emulate the real thing.

The following students are this yearÕs Boys State Delegates: Edgar Loza from Newark Memorial High School, Arthur Schwab from Washington High School, Luis Gonzalez and Lan Paje from Kennedy High School, Dustin Tso from Mission San Jose High School, Michael Meng from Irvington High School, Ryan Olarte from Fremont Christian School, and Akhil Ganti from American High School.

For more information about the program, visit

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