From June 22-28, more than 200 high school juniors from across the state converged on campus to attend the 25th Annual American Legion Boys State. During Boys State, the students learned how state and municipal governments operate. They set up and ran mock town, city and state elections and engage in role-playing where towns are represented, with mayors lobbying legislators and representatives and senators debating and enacting legislation.
At graduation, Ed Osborn, Eastern's director of university relations, encouraged the young men to participate in political dialogue; ask probing questions of each other; and to begin voting as soon as they turned 18. "This is a fundamental right in this country that many people died for and a right that many people in other lands can only dream of. Learn about the issues and vote in your local, state and national elections. This is your duty as a member of our democracy." Above, Sinclair Bush, of Burlington, talking discusses a bill with Nick Baldwin, of Torrington and Eric Brown, of Groton.