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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Samantha P. Hawthorne The students were housed Staff Writer in the Sacramento State Co1- shawthorne@plumasnews.com |ege dorms, which were divid- ed into different "cities," Every year approximately "states" and "counties." Each 950 students across America student was assigned to live are invited to participate in in a specific district and given the American Legion Boys "$100" to live off of. State program. The first assignment they Out of the small group of were given was to take a "bar boys selected, five were cho- exam." By passing the exam, sen by the Lake Almanor the students are able to apply American Legion Post No. 664 for a position within the judi- to represent Plumas County cialsystem. this year. Students were also able to The 2012 delegates chosen use their "money" to cam- for this honor were Sam John- paign for election in different son from Greenville High branches of government. School, Preston Reugebrink To understand how crimi- from Loyalton High School, nals moved through the judi- Danny Ryback from Quincy cial system, silly laws such as ttigh School, Robert Hopman "no skipping through the from Plumas Christian School halls" were created. When in Quincy, and Ian Mahaffey someone broke those laws, from Chester High School they were punished through Post No. 664 covered costs the court system. for all five boys to attend this Ryback recalled that his as- weeklong educational oppor- signed city made fake bombs tunity duringthe summer, and put them in the court- Boys State uses real-life rooms. He said that there demonstrations to teach par- were even fake murders com- ticipants about the rights, mitted. privileges and responsibili- Activities for the week in- ties of American citizens and cluded legislative sessions, what role the government court proceedings, law en- plays, from the township to forcement presentations, as- the state level, semb ies, bands, choruses and Local delegates attend Boys State in Sacramento: Sam Johnson (left) from Greenville High School, Preston Reugebrink from Loyalton High School, Danny Ryback from Quincy High School, lan Mahaffey from Chester High School and Robert Hopman from Plumas Christian School in Quincy (not pictured). Lake AImanor American Legion Post No. 664 sponsored five juniors from schools around Plumas County to attend the annual event. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne recreational programs, the best thing that ever hap- As is tradition, Post No. 664 pened to me. invited all delegates and their "I was an OK student and families to a special dinner was more interested in hunt- Oct. 15 to discuss what they ing and fishing than my edu- learned from their trip. cation. By the time my trip "Boys State is near and was over, I realized just how dear to my heart because I much of my life I had wasted. was able to participate when I "Because of the way it was young," said Gregg Scott, changed my life, I chose to vol- Boys State chairman. "It was unteer to chair the program." Four of the five delegates experience helped Danny see chosen for Boys State were and understand the differ- present during the dinner, ences," said Michelle Ryback. and each was given a special "I learned how successful certificate by the legion, the people I will be competing "Honestly, history was myagainst for scholarships and least favorite subject incollege entry are," saidDanny school. I learned a bunch by Ryback. participating in Boys State Although the students were and now I am ahead in my chosen based on the success government class," said and leadership they had Reugebrink. shown in school, they felt as "It made me realize school though they were behind the is not just getting the work mark of those they met in done and getting an 'A.' I now Sacramento. know I need to set my stan- Reugebrink said, "It's in- dards higher for my senior sane how smart other kids are! year," said Mahaffey. At my school I am top of my "It was fun! I got to meet a class. It was a reality check be- lot of smart kids and I learned cause against these kids, I felt how money flow works," said like the bottom of the barrel." Johnson. Ben Jennelle, Post No. 664 Before Ryback left for financial officer, responded, Sacramento, because he is"It's what you make of it. You typically a shy person, his level the playing field. You mom Michelle Ryback was are just as good as they are. worried about how he would Work hard, and go for it!" fare in the large group of kids. "With the things we see go- She said after the first day he ing on every day life can get a called to tell her how great a little depressing. When I ar- time he was having, whichrived in Sacramento and saw surprised her. all the impressive young men, "Living in Plumas County, a it made me feel a little better 17-year-old rarely has the about the future of the United chance to see what it's like out- States," said Robert Reuge- side the area and how different brink, father of Preston things and people can be. This Reugebrink. LANDSCAPING ADVERTISING Heroine' s Landscape • 258-3534 FALL TO-DO LIST Here are a few things you can do to prepare your landscape for the holiday's and save money. Rocks - install your rockwork and gravel to reduce mud being tracked in. You can cut down on your cleaning time by finishing up on your rockwork before winter hits. Fire Pit - Install that fire pit to keep people from running in and out of the house. Working outdoors or just having winter fun next to a well placed fire pit can take the chill out of your day. 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