Democracy in action provides students with experience
and education about the structure and operation of state and federal government
JULY 2, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Luke Froncheck, from Delton High School, and Dante J. Silva, from Northville High School, were elected to attend The American Legion Boys Nation program in Washington, D.C., that will take place July 20-28. The two high school seniors were selected from more than 250 delegates from across the state who attended Michigan Boys State at Grand Valley State University in June. The program activity provides young men with the opportunity to learn firsthand about what it means to be engaged in their community and participate in a democratic process. The American Legion has been administering the non-partisan Boys State program nationally since 1935 and this is the 80th year that Michigan youth have gathered for this important civic activity. Boys Nation began in 1946.
Froncheck and Silva will arrive in our nation’s capital as “Senators” along with two delegates from each of 48 other states. Boys State is billed as “A week that shapes a lifetime,” with Boys Nation offering an expanded experience to selected students. The young lawmakers learn the proper method of handling bills according to U.S. Senate rules. The week of government training also includes lectures, forums and visits to federal agencies, national shrines, institutions, memorials and historical sites. On Capitol Hill, Boys Nation senators meet with elected officials from their home states and meet the President of the United States.
The iconic photo of a young future President Bill Clinton shaking hands with then President John F. Kennedy highlights the power of Boys State and Boys Nation. A number of graduates have been elected to public office or serve in prominent positions in business, the news industry, professional athletics, and the arts. Alan Keyes, Richard Cheney, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Brokaw, Steven Osusami, Michael Jordan, and Jon Bon Jovi are all Boys State graduates.
About The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.