Hundreds of young men from across Mississippi will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Sunday for American Legion Boys State, a weeklong program focused on the fundamentals of government and citizenship.
The event’s delegates are high school students chosen by American Legion Posts across the state based on academic performance, service to community and potential for leadership. The week will include simulated campaigns, elections and legislative proceedings to help delegates become better acquainted with the inner workings of the political process.
State and local elected officials and candidates for public office will visit the Southern Miss campus to speak to delegates throughout the week. This is the first year Boys State will be held at the university.
Highlights of the Boys State schedule include:
Sunday, May 30
*State Auditor Stacy Pickering, 7 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
Monday, May 31
* City elections, 8 a.m., Thad Cochran Center
* State Party Conventions, 8:30 – 11 a.m., Thad Cochran Center* Bill Luckett, Democratic candidate for governor, 7 p.m. Bennett Auditorium* State Party Conventions, 7-9 p.m., Thad Cochran Center
Tuesday, June 1
*State Attorney General Jim Hood, 11 a.m., Bennett Auditorium
*Primary election for legislature, 1-3 p.m., Thad Cochran Center
*Primary runoff election for legislature, 5-6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center
*State Senator Billy Hewes, 6 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
Wednesday, June 2
*State Treasurer Tate Reeves, 8 a.m., Bennett Auditorium
*Statewide (Boys State) candidate speeches, 11 a.m., Bennett Auditorium
*Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, 6 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
*Election results, 7 p.m. Bennett Auditorium
Thursday, June 3
*Harold F. Hale Scholarship Presentation, 6:50 p.m., Bennett Auditorium
Friday, June 4
* Author and philanthropist Sam Haskell, 10 a.m., Bennett Auditorium
* Dave Dennis, Republican gubernatorial candidate, 6 p.m., Bennett Auditorium* Dismissal, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 5
* Election of Boys Nation Senators, 8 a.m., Thad Cochran Center
* Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m., Thad Cochran Center
For more information about Boys State, contact Steve Guyton at 662.719.2456.
About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.