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Juniors selected for Buckeye Boys State

June 2, 2016
Special to the Town Crier , The Town Crier

Poland Seminary High School juniors Jacob Hockensmith, Andrew Comstock and Jeffrey Vrabel will attend the 2016 session of American Legion Buckeye Boys State June 12-19 on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

American Legion Buckeye Boys State is an eight-day hands-on workshop in the principles and organization of Ohio government.

The students experience the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Ohio government.

The young men attending Boys State learn about Ohio government by operating the agencies and levels of a mythical state government -- the 51st state -- themselves.

Delegates can run for public offices in the local and state level. They run miniature governments during the week and some can run for political office if they can convince the other delegates to vote for them. The essence of the program is to have the students run everything from the township government to the state, and everything in between.

The students also get used to parties and the role they play in elections. Candidates are either members of the Federalist or Nationalist parties.

Founded in 1936, Buckeye Boys State is the largest Boys State program in the nation with an attendance of more than 1,200 juniors annually, representing nearly 600 Ohio high schools, several online high schools and the home-schooled community.

Through Buckeye Boys State, the men from each school will gain more knowledge about Ohio government. Opportunities are available to expand skills and interest through special program segments on Ohio laws and the court systems, banks and realty company operation, public utility companies, law enforcement, newspaper operation and legislative services, conducted by staff members versed in the area of instruction and each ''mirroring'' a similar real experience.

The program is sponsored by the Ohio American Legion, the largest veterans organization in the state of Ohio.

At Boys State, young men learn about city, county and state government through a non-partisan objective education approach. The young men also form friendships that can last a lifetime.

The mission of American Legion Buckeye Boys State is to provide an educational and leadership program that exposes young men to the rights and privileges, the duties and responsibilities, and the love for God and country necessary to being self-governing citizens.

Through a practical, objective nonpartisan approach, participants in the American Legion Buckeye Boys State program are exposed to fundamental democratic principles in local, county and state elections and governmental functions, which prepare them for leadership roles as patriotic American citizens.

For more information, www.ohiobuckeyeboysstate.com.

 
 

 

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