By Lorrie Ham
For The Laker
10 Mound Westonka High School juniors have been selected by the Mound American Legion Post and Auxiliary to represent the Westonka community at the annual Boys and Girls State Conventions.
Delegates for Girls State at Bethel University in St. Paul on June 12-18 include AJ Bomar, Ariel Crawford, Addy Davis, Kristine Falness and Kayleigh Wood.
Boys State will take place at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall the same week, with Zach Gahl, Andrew Lafortune, Brian Repp, Grant Sterne and Charles Treat representing the community.
The candidates were chosen after interviews with the Legion and Auxiliary and based on their leadership skills, ability to work with others, honesty, enthusiasm and interest in citizenship training. Boys and Girls State delegates will experience mock local, county and state governments during the week.
With a slate of well-qualified candidates interested in attending this year’s event, the Legion, Auxiliary and the Legion Riders teamed up to provide funding for all 10 delegates.
The purpose of the conventions is to provide students with good citizenship training and the opportunity to learn about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of government in a democratic society. Both programs include diverse groups of young men and women who share a common desire to learn. From small towns to urban areas, the young citizens’ different backgrounds add spirit to the program.
Each convention will have over 400 participants from every region of Minnesota; all are sponsored by their area American Legion and Legion Auxiliary Posts.
Following the conventions, the delegates will be asked to report their impressions and experiences of Boys and Girls State to their local posts.