WYANDANCH, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory recently joined fellow elected officials, members of American Legion Post 1634, and representatives from the West Babylon School District to recognize four West Babylon High School students for their participation in the American Legion Boys State/Girls State program.
The American Legion Boys/Girls State is one of the nation’s most respected educational programs of government instruction, with many colleges and universities offering scholarships or admission preference to participants. Two members are selected from each Boys State and Girls State program to attend a national government training workshop in Washington, D.C. where they plan mock political campaigns, lobby for the passage of legislation, and meet with U.S. representatives and senators.
This year’s Boys State/Girls State participants representing American Legion Post 1634 were West Babylon High School Juniors Kyle Chugh, Jomar Candanedo, Megan Le and Lucas Greengold.
“I am a proud supporter of the American Legion and this program is just another example of the work that this great organization is committed to year after year,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “The Boys State and Girls State programs give students unprecedented access to government on both a local and national level and help nurture the growth of our future political leaders. I commend all of the young people who took the opportunity to participate.”
The goal of the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is to help high school students across the country gain an understanding of how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students enrolled in the program learn public speaking skills, draft and debate legislation, and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government. The program is open to high school juniors and participants are selected by local American Legion Posts.
Boys State participants: Kyle Chugh, Jomar Candanedo and Lucas Greengold. (Girls State participant Megan Le not pictured.)