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The American Legion hosts an annual program to shape political minds of high-school age boys around New Mexico. Three Los Alamos High School students joined the Boys State program and learned the ins and outs of state and local government.
Boys State is a role-playing experience for 17-year-old boys, finished with their junior year of high school. Daniel Ahrens, Jeremy Goetee and Esteban Summers represented Los Alamos High School during the series of events from May 25 to 31 at Eastern New Mexico University.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Vernon Kerr, one of the American Legion government officials who guided the boys with their endeavors.
More than 100 boys from across the state attended and completed the total immersion in the political parties, campaigns and election of city, county and state officials. Those chosen to be party leaders had to lead their party members through the issues, platform and recruitment of candidates.
“The program mimics actual elections and political experiences,” Kerr said. “We tell them what the offices do and just let them go. We guide them, but we don’t tell them what to do.”
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