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Photo: American Legion Boys State Delegates Converge on Southern Miss Campus PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
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More than 300 high school-age young men from across the state arrived on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Sunday for American Legion Boys State, a weeklong program that teaches delegates the inner workings of local, state and national government and the principles of citizenship. Delegates are chosen by American Legion posts across the state based on leadership potential, academic achievement and community service, among other criteria. Several public officials from across the political spectrum and from all levels of state government will come to campus this week to speak to the delegates on various topics relating to citizenship, government and the political process. (

American Legion Boys State delegate Trent Todd, a student at St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, gets help with directions from Esther Dollar, a Southern Miss senior from Mobile, Ala. who works for the university’s Office of Conference and Fraternity Housing as he checks in to Wilber Hall Sunday on the Hattiesburg campus. More than 300 young men from across the state arrived on campus Sunday for the weeklong program that teaches delegates the inner workings of local, state and national government. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Campaign signs greet American Legion Boys State delegates as they check in to their rooms in Wilber Hall on the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Sunday for the weeklong session, where young men from across the state learn the inner workings of the local, state and national political systems through participation in simulated campaigns and legislative initiatives. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

American Legion Boys State staff teach delegates cheers Sunday during an orientation session outside of Hattiesburg Hall on the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. More than 300 high school-age young men from across the state are participating in the event, which teaches them the inner workings of local, state and national political systems through participation in simulated campaigns and legislative initiatives. Public officials from across the political spectrum and from all levels of state government will also be on campus to speak to the delegates on various topics relating to citizenship and governance.

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