Jacob Asay, Shay Kite, Kassidy Hetland and Holly Wilkerson of Lovell High School and Dalton Banks and Bryce Ward of Rocky Mountain High School, have been selected to participate in the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs in June.
Students selected for the program are high achievers academically and generally involved in many extracurricular activities.
Asay, Hetland and Wilkerson of LHS are members of the National Honor Society. Hetland plays varsity basketball and runs on the track team. Asay plays football and is on the wrestling team. Wilkerson is a wrestling team manager of her school’s team. Kite is a member of the LHS Dance Team and participated in Skills USA. Asay also participated in the Skills USA program.
Rocky Mountain High School student Bryce Ward is a three-sport athlete in basketball, football and track. He sings with the choir and is a member of the National Honor Society. His fellow RMHS student Dalton Banks is Junior Class President and is active in his school’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and sings in both the regular and jazz choir.
The American Legion programs are designed to teach participating high school students how government works, while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for their rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program each student will have the opportunity to run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government. They will also have the opportunity to meet Gov. Matt Mead and other government leaders from the state.
The Lovell boys are sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 11 of Lovell this year. The Lovell girls are sponsored by the Lovell Civic Action Group. The Rocky boys are sponsored by the American Legion of Powell. There are no girls attending from Rocky Mountain High School this year.
Boys State has been a program of the American Legion since 1935. The girls program began a few years later, in 1935.
The American Legion Boys and Girls State programs expose participants to their rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities as a franchised citizen of the United States.
The training activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion posts to attend the program and they are only offered the opportunity to attend once during their high school career.
“Only kids who are quality citizens, leaders and who have good grades are considered for the program,” said RMHS counselor Tim Jones. “It is a big honor for all those who were selected to attend.”
By Patti Carpenter