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American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students.  William T. McCoy Post 92 awards four Boys State Scholarships every year.  If you would like to fill out an application, please get one from your high school counselor or email us at:  officemanager@americanlegion92.com  For More information go to the Minnesota Boys State web site.  Our Boys & Girls State point of contact is Glen Heins at 507-250-2339.


Mayo High School - Eric Lynne

 Century High School - Tanner Greer

Lourdes High School - Sheldon Kunkel

 John Marshall High School - Andrew Massot

Governor Pawlenty and Rep. Marty Seifert at Boys State 2008BoysState3.jpg




Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit www.legion.org

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