American Legion to host Boys State

The New Hampshire American Legion will hold its 70th annual Boys State program from June 25-30.

Boys State is an annual six-day “learn-by-doing” experience in the American way of government. About 150 high schools throughout the state are invited to send qualified students to participate.

Home-school students of

junior equivalence are also eligible to apply. The delegates to Boys State will convene at Rivier University in Nashua to apply the principles of democracy in the mythical 51st state: Boys State.

When students arrive for registration, they will be assigned to a city or town, to the House of Representatives or to the Senate, to an Executive Council district and to a mythical political party. The students will establish their city, town and state governments through caucuses and debates, develop party platforms and present candidates for primary and general elections, and debate legislation.

The program provides students with a practical application of democracy, encourages leadership, and emphasizes the importance of being responsible citizens and making their votes count.

The students have the opportunity to spend six days on a college campus, meet other students and earn college credits. Participants also are eligible to compete for scholarships. All costs for the program are borne by the American Legion.

Information and applications available from high school guidance counselors, at, and from Stevens-Buswell Post 54 in Bedford either by writing to the post at P.O. Box 10295, Bedford, NH 03110, emailing or calling John Graham at 472-4637. Application deadline is June 10.

– Submitted by New Hampshire American Legion