The Daily Item
SHIPPENSBURG — What do President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Chaney, Michael Jordan, Tom Brokaw, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Governor Chris Christie have in common? They all attended a Boy State program in their home state when they had completed their junior year in high school. On Feb. 1, The Pennsylvania American Legion started registrations for the 2014 session of Keystone Boys State (KBS). Boys State is a premier educational program and has been conducted yearly in Pennsylvania since 1937. KBS will be conducted at Shippensburg University during the week of June 22-28.
Keystone Boys State is a comprehensive “Hands on” one week, workshop in the principles and organization of Pennsylvania government. Young men attending Keystone Boys State learn about Pennsylvania government by operating the agencies and levels of mythical state government; the “51st State” themselves. Through Keystone Boys State young men will learn more about Pennsylvania government than 75 percent of the general population of the state, which will benefit them in problems of democracy, government and AP government classes their senior year.
Colleges are selective. Every activity outside of high school will greatly enhance a student’s chance of success; the attendance at either a Boys or Girls State has been a key discriminator in the selection process at many universities. This is especially true of students wanting to attend “Service Academies.” High school juniors should contact their guidance counselor or local American Legion Post to participate in this year’s KBS. A fill in application can be found at www.keystoneboysstate.com. In most situations, The American Legion Post will endure the cost of the program for the student. Finally, more than $23,000 in college scholarships is available for attending citizens either through the Department of Pennsylvania American Legion or from the Samsung Corporation.
More information can be obtained by logging on to www.boysandgirlsstate.org and then scrolling to Boys State and Pennsylvania. Links are also available to the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania where you can find additional information.