Boys State

The American Legion Harry C. Gray II Memorial Post 107’s delegates and alternates for Boys State have been announced. Chosen this year are, from left, alternate David Valin and delegates Antonio White and Brent Long. Not pictured is Joshua Braun, also an alternate.

LIVE OAK — The American Legion’s Harry C. Gray II Memorial Post 107 has announced its selections for 2019 Boys State from Suwannee High School.

This year, eight juniors were nominated by their instructors as being the premier candidates based upon academics, social skills and community involvement. Because of the membership size in each American Legion Post, we are limited by the program to only two confirmed delegates and two alternates. Fortunately, our alternates have frequently been called upon to attend Florida State University as well as the primary delegates.

The Post 107’s two delegates this year are Antonio White and Brent Long. First alternates are Joshua Braun and David Valin.

The Post 107 congratulates these young men on their character and dedication to not only their own education but also their community spirit and good citizenship.

The American Legion-sponsored Boys State Program is the country’s premier educational opportunity in which high school juniors can attend (usually at the state university) a week-long government/legal education program and even sit in on the State House and Senate. The program has been in existence since 1935 and has been operated annually since that time.

All 53 states and provinces select delegates and the top two who are elected by their peers attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Again, those young men actively participate in House and Senate activities for an entire day, and meet with the President of the United States at a dinner.

Anyone interested in participating may contact the Boys State Chairman Jim Broe at jimbroe@gmail.com. A GPA of 3.0 is an absolute minimum for consideration.

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