"A Week to Shape a Life Time"
ANGOLA, Ind., – The American Legion, Department of Indiana celebrated the 80th Anniversary of Hoosier Boys State as more than 400 students graduated the 2017 class on Friday, June 16 at Trine University in Angola, Ind.
The week-long program, “A Week to Shape a Life Time,” provides scholarship opportunities and leadership guidance to exceptional young men by way of creating a fictional, and functional, state government based on Indiana’s process.
The program is held annually in June for Junior-aged high school students to actively work together to win elections, propose laws, negotiate bills and enforce the legislation and procedures established from the local, county and state levels. By the end of the week, graduates will know more about Indiana’s state government than 90% of their fellow Hoosiers.
“Boys State is a program sponsored by The American Legion about government and politics,” said HBS Assistant Director Scott Weyler. “We develop a political party structure, the students develop a slate of candidates, we have elections, we have debates, we have rallies, all the things we do in real life.”
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These students come here for a reason,” said Angola Mayor and Hoosier Boys State Alumni Richard Hickman. “They come and they suck up all the education and knowledge they can and take that information back to their own communities and hopefully make their home communities better.”
Since Hoosier Boys State started in 1937, the program has reached more than 60,000 Hoosier youths including some notable Hoosier Boys State like former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, former U.S. Senator Dick Luger and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
Other famous alumni from across the nation include President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Retired NBA Great Michael Jordan, Pulitzer Prize winning movie critic Roger Ebert, TV news personality Tom Brokaw and even Rock Star Legend Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few.
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Two exceptional students of this year’s class of more than 400 will go on to compete for more scholarship opportunities at Boys National in Washington D.C. later this year. Currently, 49 states conduct American Legion Boys State programs with a class of about 20,000 delegates annually.
“This program was born of an ideal The American Legion cherishes, that of unselfish service to community, state and nation,” said Indiana Legion Cmdr. James B. May of Bloomington, Ind., addressing the 2017 graduating class. “It is our earnest hope that you enjoyed every minute of your visit, and that you will go home with an awakened interest in, and a better knowledge of, the government of Indiana and the responsibilities of citizenship.
To learn how you can get involved, or to take advantage of this unique, time-tested opportunity, visit www.hoosierboysstate.org. Follow Hoosier Boys State on Facebook and Twitter.
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Hoosier Boys State Day 1, Sunday, June 11, 2017
Hoosier Boys State Day 2, Monday, June 12, 2017
Hoosier Boys State Day 3, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hoosier Boys State Day 4, Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Hoosier Boys State Day 5, Thursday, June 15, 2017
Hoosier Boys State Day 6, Friday, June 16, 2017
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