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Boys State to Educate Students about Government

Written by Chris Herman

Willimantic, Conn.--From June 22-28, more than  200 high school juniors from across the state will converge on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University to attend the 25th Annual American Legion Boys State.

During Boys State, students will learn how state and municipal governments operate. They set up and run mock town, city and state elections and engage in role-playing where towns are represented. Mayors lobby and representatives and senators will debate and enact legislation.

According to Rochelle Gimenez, dean of the School of Continuing Education, "Boys State is a program that we value since it teaches young men how to become exemplary citizens by educating them about the political process.  High school students attending this program have the opportunity to run for mock office and participate in all aspects of government. Many well-known politicians have attended Boys State in the past and have gone on to public service as adults. We look forward to having Boys State once again on our campus."


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