American Legion Boys State held at Rivier University

The Stevens-Buswell Post 54 of The American Legion sponsored three young men from Bedford to the 2017 session of Boys State. They joined 60 other high school juniors to establish the mythical 51st state – Boys State. Students came from throughout the state to become more educated in the American way of government, to apply what they learn and to establish friendships. Students were assigned to a city or a town, an executive council district and to one of two political parties (Nationalist or Whig).

Following presentations by staff and guest speakers, the students established their city and town governments, worked within their political parties, and ultimately established their state government. The delegates established party platforms, campaigned for office through primary and general elections, and exercised the duties of the offices they held. Every student served in either an elected or appointed office.

On Friday, June 30, Boys State visited the state capitol building in Concord, where the students were given a tour and they were also able to debate a bill in the House Chamber. The trip concluded with a Q&A session with Gov. Chris Sununu.

Bedford students attending this year’s program were: Daniel Hawkins, Joshua Koellmer and Andrew Corkery. All held positions in their towns, party and state, and all are eligible for three credit hours from the host institution Rivier University. Participants were eligible to receive one of several scholarships, with Hawkins being awarded a $500 scholarship.

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– Submitted by the Stevens-Buswell Post 54