Written by Arielle Cotoia
Willimantic, Conn.--From June 18-24, more than 200 high school juniors from across the state will converge on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University to attend the 24th annual American Legion Boys State.
During Boys State, the students will learn how state and municipal governments operate. They will set up and run mock town, city and state elections; engage in role-playing where towns are represented; mayors will lobby; and representatives and senators will debate and enact legislation.
American Legion Boys State Commissioner David 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."
"Eastern Connecticut State University is proud of our longstanding relationship with Boys State, which provides a model of exemplary programming highlighting good citizenship," said Rochelle Gimenez, dean of Eastern's School of Continuing Education. "We are delighted to be part of an initiative that grooms future leaders on a local, state and national level. Once again we look forward to hosting Boys State on our campus."