AUSTIN – The American Legion, Department of Texas, today announced that Wesley Brewer, Danny Hair, Matthew Jimenez, Braeden Kajs, Sam Mahoney, Andrew Pitrucha and Jameson Spinks of Lewisville High School have graduated from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas, better known simply as Texas Boys State.

Begun in 1935, Boys State is a unique program that educates future leaders about government, civics, and patriotism in a “learn by doing” environment. Each delegate has just finished his junior year of high school and was hand-picked by teachers, counselors, and local American Legion posts throughout Texas to attend this one week seminar.

During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists. Each party drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices. Those elected to the House of Representatives and Senate spent the week drafting, debating, and passing bills on a wide range of social and economic issues.

For more information on Boys State, visit www.TexasBoysState.com.

Photo courtesy Lewisville High School.

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