Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - From June 22-27, more than 200 high school juniors from across the state will converge on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University to attend the 26th 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 and engage in role-playing where towns are represented. Mayors will lobby and representatives and senators will debate and enact legislation.
A number of state legislators and senators have been invited to speak throughout the week. This year's guests include former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. on June 22. United States Senator Richard Blumenthal will speak at 7:30 p.m. on June 23.
For more information on Boys State, contact Victoria Lorenzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-465-0172.