Three St. Johns County high school juniors were chosen to represent American Legion Post 37, 1 Anderson Circle, St. Augustine, in the 2016 Boys State session at Florida State University.
Noah A. Masters and Ian Sotomayor from Pedro Menendez High School and Zachary “Zach” S. Kelly Trenton from Bartram Trail High School recently returned from the weeklong, hands-on experience in which they learned how government really works, including the law and court system, parliamentary procedure and Florida political history.
Florida American Legion Boys State is a comprehensive leadership action program where qualified male high school juniors take part in a practical government course. It is designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon the citizen the idea that government is what its people make it.
The delegates said the week was “truly enjoyable” as well as educational. They said learning about governmental processes in Florida while networking with many of the 400-plus other participants from across the state was a highlight of the week.
Lt. Col. (P) Ron Birchall, U.S. Army, Ret., has responsibility for the Post 37 American Legion Boys State recruitment. He will begin conducting interviews in the fall for the 2017 candidates. For more information, email email@example.com.