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Applications accepted for American Legion program

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 session of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Boys and Girls State program.

The national boys and girls state program, which is sponsored by the American Legion and its auxiliary, is designed to increase participants’ awareness and knowledge of governmental processes. It emphasizes the duties, privileges and responsibilities of citizenship.

Oregon’s program provides the opportunity for high school juniors from throughout the state to learn through the formation of mock governments.

Experiences may include public speaking while campaigning for various public offices, drafting and presenting bills for passage in the boys and girls state legislature, serving as a lobbyist to help influence decision making, participating in mock trails and a wide variety of workshops and hearing presentations from some of Oregon’s highest elected officials and other inspirational speakers.

The program will be held at Willamette University in Salem from June 16-22.

In order to be eligible, a student must be a current high school junior, or the equivalent, if home-schooled. The cost to send a student to the program is $30 each, which will be paid by the American Legion or auxiliary post who sponsors the student.

There is a $50 registration fee paid by each delegate that is non-refundable. The closing date for applications is May 1.

To apply, visit www.oregonboystate.com or www.alaoregon.org. For more information, call Douglas or Sharon Jamieson at 503-630-3673.




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