The Montevideo American Legion has announced that high school junior Josh Kinman has been selected to represent Montevideo in the American Legion Boys State program at St. John’s University in Collegeville on June 10-16.

The Montevideo American Legion has announced that high school junior Josh Kinman has been selected to represent Montevideo in the American Legion Boys State program at St. John’s University in Collegeville on June 10-16.

The Boys State program was founded in 1935 to teach the basic concept of government from the township to state level, following the consititution and the statutes of each state. The Boys State program exists in all 50 states, and is a week long experience learning about Minnesota government at the local, county and state levels. It is one of the most respected educational programs about government processes, and their mission is to instill the ideals of civic duty, Americanism, and an appreciation for democracy.

Students participate in the operation of local, county and state governments. The boys become “citizens” of a community, and follow regular election procedures to be elected to various offices and leadership positions. Their activities then include legislative sessions, court proceedings, mock trials, law-enforcement presentations and assemblies following the structure of city, county and state governments. Bills are introduced and debated in their legislature. The boys learn the rights, opportunities, priveleges and responsibilites of citizens. They also participate in athletics, music and how to write for a newspaper.

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