From staff reports
American Legion Beaufort Post 9 recently honored five of the nine rising high school seniors the Post sent to Palmetto Boys State conclave at Anderson University in June. It is universally reported to be an awesome, intense, unforgettable week for rising seniors in high school. Its motto, “Let One Week Begin Your Life, says it all. To get the full feeling of what Boys State is like, visit https:// www.facebook.com/ PalmettoBoysState/ photos.
These young men learned about the American system of government by taking part in a mock local and state governmental system. They prepared speeches, composed party platforms, debated and elected mock officials. Some served as city councilmen, county treasurer, the state Superintendent of Education, a member of the House, and even as a coroner. They also participated in athletics, college bowl trivia, and other events. Boys State published a daily paper, reports with nightly news videos, and conducts web updates. There is a “law school” teaching the fundamentals of SC law and a performing arts school including the Boys State band/choir.
Beaufort was represented by young men from Beaufort High School, Battery Creek High School, Beaufort Academy, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, Whale Branch Early College High School, and John Paul II Catholic School.
Today’s high school juniors should consider applying to attend next June. Contact your nearest American Legion