January 27, 2017

Field-Allen Legion Post to sponsor select high school juniors for government role-play program by David Tanguay

For 70 years the American Legion Department of Maine has been hosting the Boys State Americanism Program, this provides Maine junior boys the opportunity to participate in an emersion program of government role-play. Those juniors selected will learn how to campaign for state office and carry out the functions of state government. 

The 70th Annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State will be held at Thomas College in Waterville June 18-22, 2017.The Field-Allen Legion Post #148 of Windham is again sponsoring candidates for this unique program and will pay the tuition cost of $300 for each selected candidate. Candidates are, however, responsible for their own transportation to Waterville. Last year over 250 junior boys from all over the State attended Boys State. The goal this year is to have an even greater number. 

Boys State is looking for motivated juniors with priority given to attitude over scholastic abilities, although both qualities are desirable and will be considered. Junior boys desiring to attend should make their intentions known to their school Guidance Office. Individuals in private schools or those being homeschooled may submit their names to The Legion Post Commander at 892-7449 or mgreenier@myfairpoint.netThe following is the time-line for selection: Applicants should submit their names to their Guidance Office by the end of March. 

A general briefing will be held in early April for all candidates; followed a week later, by interviews by the Legion Post. All applicable forms must be completed and submitted by the interview date. Following the interview, those selected will be designated as either a primary or alternate candidates. If a primary candidate is unable to attend, then an alternate will take his place. Participants must commit to attending prior to their application being submitted to Dirigo Boys State.

Are you a band member? Boys State has a 40 to 50 piece band under the supervision of a qualified musical director. Candidates with band experience are required to bring their own instrumentsMore information and applications are available by going to www.mainelegion.org and going to FORM and APPLICATIONS or by contacting your guidance office.  See next week's paper for information on Girls State.

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