American Legion’s Boys State Teaches Democracy to High School Students

HELENA — The American Legion’s Boys State is bringing more than 48 high school students from Montana to the capital.

The event teaches juniors about high school democratic processes such as drafting bills and governmental procedures.

American Legion Boys State Director Joshua Clement said that with senior year being the primary year for high school students in Montana to learn civics, event instructors needed to teach them quickly.

“We have to take a very quick crash course because there’s not a lot of knowledge and they’re doing such a great job. They’re so energetic trying to get through this process. They have late nights working on it, tons and tons of competition. Trying to come up with quality invoices, understanding the procedures, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We don’t want to stop and let it happen. That’s why we’re doing the fourth wall, I’ll carry a different hat if I have to mentor them, because that’s it, they lead the sessions, they’re on the mic doing whatever it takes, it’s super impressive,” Clement said.

Juniors applied for the chance to play a role in democratic processes, then voted for positions such as Senate Majority Leader, Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

For some high school students, they heard about Boys State through their friends.

“I heard about it from friends at the State Student Council and it seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about my state and my country, and how the legislative process works,” said Charles Fox, Governor of the State. State of Helena’s Boys.

For Roman Jacobson, learning democratic processes step by step is useful for his future.

“It’s certainly a lot about learning civics and that’s exactly what I need because I’ll be old enough to vote in November, so learning about government is exactly what I need,” said Jacobson, who was state legislative director for the boys of Great Falls. .

For the Boys State Governor’s press secretary, Grady Radtke, speaking to the press and listening to the law-making processes has been a huge success.

“It’s a great experience and I believe everyone in Montana should have this experience just to learn about their government and how it works,” Radtke said.

2 Boys State delegates will have the chance to travel to Washington DC to participate in the American Legion’s Boys Nation and meet with the President of the United States.

Delegates will be chosen by American Legion leaders on Friday evening.

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