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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wed nesday,,Oct. 27, 2010 1B REGIONAL Di recognizes Boys State participants M. Kate West Chester Editor The American Legion Harry Doble Post No. 664 hosted a dinner Oct. 18, to celebrate the experiences gained by the five students who attended the California Golden Boys State Conference in Sacramento June 19 - 26. The five students, who are seniors this term, came from three different communities. Dustin Brown was the only student from Chester High School. Jimmy Vega and Alexander Brown attend Westwood High School. From Quincy was Austin Hagwood, who attends Quincy High School, and Jonathan Robinette, who attends the Plumas Christian School. The American Legion also served dinner to the families of the students and a number of school officials. The first Boys State was in June 1935, Seventy-five years later it is still providing an educational opportunity for young men. Chairman Gregg Scott said, "The American Legion continues to sponsor and conduct Boys State in the belief young citizens who are familiar with the operation of our system of government will be better prepared to uphold its ideals and maintain it for future generations. Delegates had the opportunity to share about their experiences at Boys State. Christian School I really didn't know what into. When I was inter- I learned students would be their own government going on. It very different for me; I'm shy. We were separated in- counties and cities; with the Stanford group. Looking back on it, I say say being involved can that we a difference. I was to be with the group. I how the whole party I got to play a in large, it I would to attend. Jimmy Vega, Westwood High School Boys State was an amazing, amazing, amazing trip to Sacramento. Going to capital was an amazing experience, I never thought I would ever be there.., to say the governor is just down that way... Would recom- mend the experience to all junior boys. I have my whole city, Marshall, on Facebook. It is amazing that the city in just that week will live on forever. The governor for whole Boys State was from our city. Thank you members of the American Legion and Gregg Scott for putting it together. School, speech contest winner thrilled I was selected to attend Boys pretty early in morning, almost a thousand boys there. I city of Judah in Baker County and a copy of the constitution. a lawyer, I had to take Boys  exam. In later elections, I became supreme court justices. I also participated in the Boys State Dustin Brown, Chester High School From the city of Burbank, a city of Pranks. I arrived at Boys State late because I had attended RYLA. I felt very intimidated -- wanted to go into room and cry -- then I met the kids from my city and everything was all right. We elected city officials the first night, and I ran for county government. As I con- tinued to participate, I gained in confidence. I did many things throughout the week: campaigned for fellow city members; did a beautification project; turned a hallway into a zoo. I was one of three students in my city who didn't take the bar exam and become an attorney. I worked the legislative side of the house and became a county supervisor. One of the biggest highlights was the camaraderie of the city. I enjoyed the American Legion World War II veterans who shared their experiences. I'll be talking to the kids at scho01 about fibt'-year's Bo's State. to the In closing, Scott said, "1 listened to them tonight, listened to them articulate my ex- pectations and they are very high for you. "1 say this every year, these boys are rep- resenting our area. Other areas think we are Podunk; our students participate and challenge others. I would put them up against anybody in the state. "My passion is to help young people be- One of the highlights for me was a he state capital. I met our local rep- learned about the job from It was very inspiring. State speech contest, there in first round. I learned the paper that I made it to the two more times and was I won the contest. the experience for the opportunity. TILE: AMERICAN LEGION STA E come better citizens and better people. When I see this, it gives me heart that the younger generation is not going to hell in a hand basket." Scott heard from counselors on almost a daily basis and got nothing but glowing remarks, "We were well represented you can be proud of your sons and your stu- dents." Alexander Brown, Westwood High School, Our city was Drake. If you don't put your word in for the government, you don't get to complain. It was a great time and I'm glad I got to go. 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