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American Legion begins recruitment drive for Mountaineer Boys State



The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State has begun its recruitment drive for its 85th session, scheduled to take place from June 11-17, at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill.

Boys State is seeking young men from across West Virginia to participate in a week of learning and growth. Beyond gaining a comprehensive understanding of their rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities as franchised citizens, attendees have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, accumulate extra merit points for admission to military service academies, and build a diverse network of connections across the state, according to American Legion officials.

About 31,000 individuals have participated in Mountaineer Boys State over its 84-year history,

To learn more about The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State and to apply for the program, visit the official website at For inquiries, interested individuals may contact their local American Legion Post, their high school guidance counselor or The American Legion Department of West Virginia Headquarters at

American Legion officials said they are grateful to all those who contribute to these programs each year. Those interested in sponsoring a future “citizen” can contact their local American Legion Post. The sponsorship cost for the Boys State program is $350.

The American Legion Auxiliary holds the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State program at Davis & Elkins College for female juniors who are interested in a similar program; more information on ALARGS can be found at

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