Written by Dwight Bachman
Boys State officially begins with formal opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. on June 20, with the keynote address delivered by Connecticut State University System Chancellor David G. Carter. David Greenleaf, chairman of the American Legion Boys State Commission and American Legion Department Commander Charlie Morrissey will also speak.
The weeklong program is formatted to educate students on how state and municipal governments operate. Participants will set up and run mock town, city and state elections. Students will engage in role-playing where towns are represented, mayors will lobby, and representatives and senators will debate and enact legislation. The election of a governor and signing and vetoing of legislation passed by the legislature will take place on Friday.
Greenleaf praised Eastern for hosting Boys State over the years. "Eastern makes the summer program a very positive experience for young people who cannot help but return to their communities with a desire to make a positive contribution," said Greenleaf.
This year's guests include Connecticut Comptroller Nancy Wyman who is scheduled to speak at 9:15 a.m. on June 21; Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz who is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. on June 21; and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will speak on 2 p.m. on June 24. On June 22,