American Legion’s Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State are selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. Boys State was founded in 1935, followed by Girls State in 1937. The two programs are separate but similar in that they both teach participants the rights, privileges and responsibilities of being a U.S citizen.
The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys and Girls State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
Indiana Legion and Auxiliary Posts select high-school juniors to attend Hoosier Boys and Hoosier Girls state based on the applicant’s interest in government, love for Country, leadership abilities, character, and academic performance. This year’s programs were held in June on the campus of Trine University in Angola, Indiana.
Three students from Scecina Memorial were selected to participate in the 2014 sessions of Hoosier Boys State and Hoosier Girls State. Each student successfully conducted a political campaign complete with speeches and campaign materials. And once elected to office, they were sworn in and performed the duties as described for that position.
Congratulations to the following Crusaders!
James McInerny '15 (Our Lady of Lourdes Parish)
His Reflection: “Hoosier Boys State was a lot to experience in a short time, and I appreciate it even more now. Through talking with other participants, I learned about different parts of Indiana and different ways of thinking, and I also learned a lot about myself.”
Caroline Sausser '15 (Our Lady of Lourdes Parish)
At Hoosier Girls State, Caroline was elected to serve as a Senator and also served as the Senate Majority Assistant Caucus Leader, and her "City's" precinct committee chairperson.
Her Reflection: “Hoosier Girls State was an amazing opportunity. I learned a lot about the processes of government and how to participate in them. I also had a lot of fun and made many friends!”
Jacob Marshall '15 (St. Simon the Apostle Parish)
At Hoosier Boys State, Jacob was elected to serve as a County Auditor.
His Reflection: “Hoosier Boys State taught me about our government at the county, city, and state levels. The community of people they bring together is very diverse. Students represented small 1A schools to the huge 6A schools, home schools, and all regions of the state. The experience will help me in class and as a citizen, but also as I apply for colleges and seek scholarships."
Posted on Fri, August 22, 2014
by Tom Branson filed under