February 16, 2018

Calling all juniors to attend Dirigo Boys State by Dave Tanguay

Third in a series of Boys and Girls State

Attention all Junior Boys in the Windham-Raymond High School area. The 71st Annual Dirigo Boys State will be convening at Thomas College, in Waterville, Maine, June 17-21, 2018. This is a great opportunity for motivated young men to immerse themselves in a week of comradeship and an opportunity for those junior candidates to learn how to campaign for state office and carry out the functions of state government.

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. Selected candidates are, however, responsible for their own transportation to Waterville. Last year over 250 junior boys from all over the state attended Dirigo Boys State. The goal this year is to have an even greater number. 

The selection process is as follows: Junior boys interested in attending Dirigo Boys State can make their intentions known by contacting the school’s guidance office prior to 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 staff. 

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 candidate. 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. 

For further information, contact your Guidance Officer or Field-Allen Post 148 Commander, Mel Greenier (207 892-7449) or Post Youth Chair, Wally Clark (301-318-5299).

Future articles will address: Boys and Girls State and how local business can support or sponsor candidates.

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