Pittsford’s Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 is seeking candidates for the 2016 Boys State program. High school juniors who are in the upper 50% of the males in their class and reside in Pittsford, NY, no matter where school is attended (public or private) are eligible to apply. The Boys State program will take place June 26 – July 2 at SUNY Morrisville State College in Morrisville, New York.
These programs teach attendees the working of government, state and local in particular, through practical hands on exercises. Participation in the Boys State program enhances organizational and speaking skills, and is an impressive addition to any college application.
Applicants please send a brief bio, letter of interest, and contact information (email/phone/address) to: Rayson-Miller American Legion, 21 North Main Street, Pittsford, NY 14534 (Attention – Boys State Chair) or email the information to RaysonMiller899. Letters of interest must be postmarked by March 25; you will then be notified for an interview appointment to be held at the Pittsford Library.
The American Legion has certain qualifications for prospective Boys State citizens. Following are the recommended guidelines employed by most Boys State programs:
Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who have at least one more semester remaining are considered. Previous participants of a Boys State competition are not allowed to attend a second session. Only those who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community should be considered. Merit and ability are the basis for evaluation during the actual citizens selection process.
Boys State competitions are in compliance with federal handicap laws. Most programs require a medical/parental consent certificate signed by a parent and registered doctor.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
Rayson Miller Post 899 select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by the Rayson Miller Post 899.