Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ND Boys State -- A Hidden Gem

ND Boys State – A Hidden Gem
This week the 75th session of our North Dakota American Legion Boys State is being held in Wahpeton, ND on the campus of the North Dakota State College of Science.   Just think in 1965 Wally Goulet from Grafton and I from Cavalier attended ND Boys State and Phil Jackson was a student advisor.   Hundreds of North Dakota High School Juniors have attended Boys State including John Hoeven as Governor of Boys State, Phil Jackson, Joel Heitkamp, and Lynn Hartje from Cavalier as Governor in 1964.  In fact, as best citizen of St. Louis I still have my Boys State lapel pin. 

Boys State Leadership Academy is an exciting weeklong program that gives your child a firsthand experience running state government.  No lectures, no classrooms – just hands on situations that let you take charge and make decisions.  It taught me when three people are running for three positions on the ballot you can vote for just one.   Yes, North Dakota boys during your junior school year contact your local high school counselor and plan to attend the 2018 session of American Legion North Dakota Boys State.    Do check on the ND Boys State Alumni page on Facebook.