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Boys, Girls State participants named

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Battlefield juniors John Mitchell, Steven McCleskey, Lauren Ainslie, Georgia Matthews, Chanwoo Kim and Blake Paga were selected to take part in this years American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.
American Legion Post 158 and 1799 recently announced the names of juniors selected to be a part of Girls and Boys State.

Post 158 out of Manassas provides funding for representatives, while Post 1799 conducts the interviews.

In addition to developing personal leadership skills, the boys and girls state program offers juniors the chance to build governments and towns to operate that include office elections.

The programs strives to teach how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for citizen's rights.

Participants in this year's American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State will include Patriot High School junior Kalea Obermeyer and Battlefield High School juniors John Mitchell, Steven McCleskey, Lauren Ainslie, Georgia Matthews, Chanwoo Kim, Blake Paga and Nick Shablom.

As a participant in the program they will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.

“The participants... not only have the opportunity to achieve leadership positions during the program, they will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the political process and state government,” said Ron Bantom, Post 158 program chairman.

Selection for high school juniors is based on academics, leadership, character and service to the community.

“This program is one key differentiator on college applications,” said Patrick Weaver, college and career counselor.

Both programs run June 21 to 27, with Girls State at Longwood University and Boys State at Radford University.

For more information on the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, visit boysandgirlsstate.org.

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