WILLIAMSON – Three local Mingo Central High School (MCHS) seniors recently attended the 79th American Legion Mountaineer Boys State to learn about city, county and state political processes.
The week long program took place at a West Virginia University (WVU) facility located at Jackson’s Mill near Weston, W.Va. The facilities boast cottages, courts for activities such as tennis and volleyball, and a swimming pool.
Evan Allen, Ricky Ball and Aaron Banks were invited to the American Legion Boys State which was held the week of June 12 through 18.
The program was first founded in 1936 and exposes participants to the rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The citizen packet associated with the program states, “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, county proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.”
The program is offered to male high school students that are selected by local American Legion Posts. The three local boys that attended this years’ Boys State had sponsorships to pay for expenses associated with the program. The Boys’ State citizen packet explains that, “expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business, community- based organizations or local individuals.”
Evan Allen is the son of Toby and Michele Allen. Ricky Ball is the grandson of Ricky and Cheryl Ball. Aaron Banks is the son of Virdell and Gina Banks.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s organization. For more information on the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State program visit http://wvboysstate.org or contact Jim Davis, the Boys State Program Director, at 304-481-4021 or [email protected].