BR-H students attend Legion-sponsored Boys/Girls State

BARK RIVER – The Bark River Rheame-Knauf Post 438 American Legion & Legion Auxiliary sent Vanessa Peterson to the 73rd Session of The American Legion Girls State, which was held at Michigan State University.

Since its beginning in 1941, approximately 30,000 young women of Michigan have participated in this practical experience in self-government. The program is based on Michigan State Government at the city, county, and state levels. It emphasizes the impact of government in today’s world. It is the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission to provide an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity to the young women of the nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.

Jeffrey and Nicholas Moore were chosen to attend The American Legion Boys State, which was held at Northwood University in Midland. This program is one of the most respected events nationwide, in which high school students take part in a variety of city, county and state government activities.

The students learn about rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizens. Activities in the past have included attendance at legislative sessions, legal proceedings and a variety of law enforcement presentations.

The Boys State program was started in 1935 in Illinois and continues today with sponsorship by American Legion posts across the United States, with the exception of Hawaii.

American Legion and Auxiliary posts pay the $325 attendance fee for each selected student to attend the week-long programs.

Girls State representatives attending the 2013 session will be Alyson Barra and Sara Lanaville.