Five juniors represented Lake Stevens High School at the 2013 Boys State leadership conference last month on the Central Washington State University campus in Ellensburg.
They attended the week-long simulation in government that is often called a leadership action program in practical citizenship. About 250 of the best students from schools around Washington are accepted to “Evergreen Boys State” each year.
The LSHS students, along with the others, participated as citizens at the local, county, and state levels of government in the simulated “State of Evergreen.”
Brian Tran and Kyle McCroskey were each elected mayor of their cities. Aiden Quigley was elected to his city council and also as the precinct officer for his party. Josh Rommel was elected to serve as city clerk, and Josh Pulley is his city’s prosecuting attorney.
The boys were assigned a different city from each other. They worked with a group of about 30 citizens at the city level, about 60 at the county level, 120 at the party level, and 250 at the state level.
All high-school boys are eligible to attend who have completed their junior year with at least one more semester of high school remaining. They must demonstrate outstanding leadership, character, scholarship, and loyalty and service to their schools.
Each student at Boys State is eligible to earn four college credits for their efforts because of the depth and scope of the program and the work involved. Their tuition, room and board, and transportation was paid by Lake Stevens Memorial American Legion Post 181, Auxiliary Unit 181, and a private donor.
The first ever Boys State was held in Illinois in June 1935. The program was established at that time by two teachers who were veterans of World War I. They wanted to make sure young people knew how our form of government worked in order to counter the growing world, socialism and fascism that formed the basis for Communism and also Hitler’s rise to power.
Boys State and Girls State are annual events held in June for high school juniors in each state. Locally, The American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary with assistance from LSHS staff have been selecting and sending qualified students for years. For more information visit: www.evergreenboysstate.org.