Amer­i­can Le­gion hosts send-off for Boys and Girls State can­di­dates

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer jjessen@nwadg.com ■

Eleven lo­cal high school ju­niors from Siloam Springs and Gen­try were rec­og­nized at Boys State and Girls State send-off cer­e­mony, hosted by Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 29 and the Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary held Friday evening at the Com­mu­nity Build­ing.

Girls State and Boys State are a week-long camp de­signed to pro­vide cit­i­zen­ship train­ing for high school ju­niors by of­fer­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop myth­i­cal city, county and state gov­ern­ments, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tions’ web­sites. Stu­dents will get a chance to elect lead­ers and run govern­ment of­fices.

Alumni of the 75-year-old pro­gram in­clude former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, former Arkansas Gover­nor Mike Huck­abee and Jonathan Bar­nett, former Arkansas Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for District 87.

This year’s camp will be­gin on May 28 and end on June 2. Boys State is held at the Univer­sity of Central Arkansas in Con­way and Girls State is held at Hard­ing Univer­sity in Searcy. Post 29 will cel­e­brate the stu­dents’

ex­pe­ri­ence with a pic­nic next month.

More in­for­ma­tion about Arkansas Boys State is avail­able at arkansas­boysstate.com and more in­for­ma­tion about Girls State is avail­able at arkansas­girlsstate.com.

Janelle Jessen/Her­ald-Leader

The Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 29 and Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary held a send-off cer­e­mony for Boys State and Girls State par­tic­i­pants on Friday evening. Pic­tured are Han­nah Boss, Matthew Nance and Vince Ra­j­son­bath, all of Gen­try, and Will Nokes, Brook­lyn Buck­min­ster, Hadlee Hol­len­back and Sarah Haught, all of Siloam Springs. Not pic­tured are Alexia Lo, Chloe Ox­ford, Chan­dler Losh and Cather­ine Don­ner.

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