Eight students from Fauquier County Public Schools attended the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Girls State Program (72th Session) at Longwood University in Farmville and American Legion Department of Virginia Boys State Program (76th Session) at Radford University in Radford from June 17-23.
These two programs teach the delegates how government works, while developing leadership skills and an appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Delegates are grouped into cities and spend an intensive week actively creating their own city and state government. They learn the political process, and instruction is presented on the law and court system, parliamentary procedure and Virginia political history.
Guest speakers include the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general either in-person or via video messaging.
Afternoon activities included indoor and outdoor sports, classes on parliamentary procedure, moot court, public speaking, chorus, band and veterans’ oral history. College Day, held at both sessions, gives the delegates one afternoon to meet with representatives from colleges and universities from cross the country to learn about the admissions process, college life and financial aid.
Attending ALA Girls State were Morgan Pletch and Emma Gorg of Fauquier High School and Madison Slevin of Kettle Run High School.
Attending AL Boys State were Ashton Richard and Joshua Loughry of Liberty High School, Joe Barrett and Kevin McEachin of Fauquier High School and Jack Tessier of Kettle Run.
Boys and Girls State programs are sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Remington Unit 247, American Legion Remington Post 247, American Legion Warrenton Post 72 and with financial support from the Sumerduck Ruritan Club, Groux Investment, LLC, and other personal donations.
For more information on these programs, please visit www.vagirlsstate.org and www.vaboysstate.org. Donations for ALA Girls State and AL Boys State are accepted at ALA Remington Unit 247, P.O. Box 372, Remington, VA 22734 with checks payable to “ALA Unit 247” and marked for Girls/Boys State.