Lyndon Institute Students Selected for Vermont Boys and Girls State
Lyndon Center, VT – Lyndon Institute is pleased to announce students who have been selected to participate in Vermont Boys and Girls State.
Founded in 1935, the American Legion Boys State, a national program, is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government. A leadership and scholarship program for rising high school senior boys. The program focuses on the organizations of Vermont town and state government. The staff is comprised of business owners, educators, and professionals. The program is paid through a scholarship from the American Legion and the Rotary.
At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county, and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus, and recreational programs.
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. This year, LI student Dylan Young was chosen to participate. Founded in 1937, under the direction of the American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State is a week-long national program with the goal of introducing government to students entering their senior year of high school. This program teaches young women responsible citizenship skills, civic engagement, and the traditions that shaped our country's political system. Girls State is a premier national leadership conference, and attendees will join other talented and intelligent Vermonters in an intensive week long mock legislation. The program is paid through a scholarship from the American Legion and the Rotary. The two-party system is brought to life through organizing and administering mock city, county, and state governments. Students will campaign, hold party rallies, debates, and legislative sessions.
Lyndon Institute juniors selected include Colby Zaun and Kate O'Farrell. The Vermont Boys State will be held at Lyndon State College from June 17-22. The Vermont Girls State will be held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center from June 15-21. For more information, please visit www.boysandgirlsstate.org.