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ANGOLA – Two Perry Central High School students have entered their senior year this fall with a deeper understanding of the rights and privileges as an American citizen thanks to The American Legion’s Hoosier Boys State program held on the campus of Trine University in Angola June 16 through 22.
Bryce Lain and Nathan Schwartz served during the event, which has been dubbed the nation’s “51st State.” The Legion program is conducted for high-school juniors to provide first-hand experience in the practical functions of local, city and state government.
During the six-day stay each “citizen” experiences all facets of a mythical democratic society at Hoosier Boys State. Participation includes the election of city and state officials and establishing a Supreme Court. Qualified professionals such as judges, professors and elected officials are chosen as counselors for the delegates of Hoosier Boys State.
Many of today’s influential figures, including Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Tom Brokaw of NBC News, have taken part in The American Legion Boys State program since it began in Illinois in 1935, according to organizers.