Jim Starkey, commander of Nisswa American Legion Post 627, said that at a recent post meeting, members voted to send two boys to the 64th annual American Legion “Legion Boys State” on June 9-15 on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.
Bill Marshall was named post Boys State chairman.
Scholars to Boys State must be high school juniors. They are singly honored in view of the outstanding qualifications set forth as requirements in selecting them. They are named through cooperation of the post, high school faculty and leading citizens in the community.
Legion Boys State is a practical learning experience in local and state government. Its citizens will apply knowledge already gained through their school experience and additional knowledge provided through instruction by competent individuals from selected governmental areas to organize and operate their own city, county and state governments.
They will be encouraged, through participation, toward a better civic behavior and appreciation of the democratic ideals.
It is in no way a military training camp. Programs will be considered without reference to any existing political party and will be free from political propaganda. It is not a recreational outing.
Legion Boys State was first held in Minnesota in 1949 with 169 boys attending on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Last year there were approximately 385 boys in attendance on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.
The Nisswa Legion Post 627 has been represented by boys through the history of the program.