Friday, February 9, 2007

American Legion hosting mock government seminar

Express Staff Writer

The American Legion Auxiliary is looking for enthusiastic and active-minded local students to participate in an annual youth seminar on "Americanism" and government.

The David-Ketchum Post 115 is seeking junior-year high school students from The Community School, Wood River High School and Carey High School who have displayed strong leadership, high moral character, hold above-average scholastic standing and have an interest in politics and government. The Boys State seminar will be held June 3 through June 9 at Gowan Field in Boise. Girls State will be held June 10 through June 16 at Northwest Nazarene University Campus in Nampa.

Both seminars are non-partisan programs designed to teach the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Students assume the roll of government delegates and will participate in organized, functional units of mock state and local governments. The delegates will create political parties, campaign for office, draft bills and debate legislation.

All programs are sponsored by the American Legion at no cost to the delegates.

Those interested will find questionnaires and more information at their school offices. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

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