Legion sends six to Boys and Girls State

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Concordia High School and Saint Paul Lutheran High School students attending Girls State and Boys State, from left, are Elizabeth Foster, SPLH; Tina Guier, CHS; Audrey Mehl, SPHS; Ariel Van Sickle, CHS; Clint Stuenkel, SPLH; and Jordon Gieselman, CHS.

Attending the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary sponsored Boys State and Girls State encampment is an unforgettable experience. In many cases, bonds are formed by these teenagers that last a lifetime.

These are a few of views expressed by Elizabeth Foster, Tina Guier, Audrey Mehl, Ariel Van Sickle, Clint Stuenkel and Jordan Giselman. Each reported their views to the joint meeting of the Legion and Legion Auxiliary last Tuesdayat the Concordia Community Center.

Called "delegates" at the weeklong session, the six students from Concordia reported their life suddenly got very busy once they arrived at their meeting site on the campus of University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg. Boys State was held from June 12 -- 18, and Girls State was held June 19-25.

The delegates were divided into political parties, The Federalists and The Nationalists, (not similar to the present day political parties in America) this procedure allows the delegates to see how a two-party system works.

The delegates participated in mock elections to fill city, county and state offices. Activities included legislative sessions, campaigning, debating and voting.

The delegates learned about governmental processes day-by-day and the rules in Parliamentary procedures.

Several prominent politicians, including the Gov. Jay Nixon, gave thought-provoking presentations to the delegates. Judges from the Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments for a case before the court.

The delegates were told that recording the fact they attended Boys State or Girls State can be very meaningful when entered on a resume. College credit can also be given provided those delegates attending meet specific requirements.

The $350 attendee's fee for each of the six delegates from Concordia was paid for by Concordia Bank, State Bank of Missouri, Concordia Lions Club and American Legion Post 258.

Rose Becker was coordinator for the Girls State project and David Meyer for the Boy's State project.

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