The annual American Legion Boys State will be held Sunday, May 27 through Saturday, June 2 on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. This is the third year in a row the program is being held at the university.
Established in 1939, Boys State provides approximately 300 rising high school seniors from across the state an interactive program on how government operates. Participants learn about political and legal systems at the city, county and state levels through hands-on activities in simulated government processes such as political campaigns, elections, the crafting of legislation and jurisprudence in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”
Boys State delegates also earn college credit, compete in sports and display special abilities and skills in the Boys State talent show.
Scheduled guest presenters at Boys State 2012 include Gov. Phil Bryant; U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker; U.S. Reps. Greg Harper and Steven Palazzo; Attorney General Jim Hood; Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney; State Supreme Court Justice Mike Chandler; Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz; State Rep. Toby Barker; Harrison County Supervisor Wendy Swetman, Retired Circuit Court Judge Charles Pickering; and Master Sgt. John Polous of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
The deadline for registration for Boys State has been extended, and registration forms are available online at www.msboysstate.com. Call the state office of the American Legion at 601.352.4986 for more information.