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Boys State Recruitment Underway in Putnam County

Pictured: Row 1 (L to R): Benjamin Shumaker (Hurricane High School), Nicholas McWhorter (Winfield High School), Connor Pickens (Buffalo High School), Isaac Bailey (Poca High School); Row 2 (L to R): Sonja Adkins (ALMBS Staff), John Huff (ALMBS Counselor), Scot Meadows (ALMBS Staff), Ryan Meadows (ALMBS Staff), Adam Cook (ALMBS Counselor)

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (ALMBS) is recruiting candidates for its 85th session, scheduled for the week of June 11 to June 17, 2024, at Jackson’s Mill. ALMBS, renowned as “West Virginia’s premier Leadership Academy,” is actively seeking enthusiastic young men from across West Virginia to participate in an immersive week of learning and growth.

Established in 1936, ALMBS is dedicated to educating and training West Virginia’s youth in the democratic republic form of government, emphasizing the importance of our nation’s most cherished freedoms. With the guidance and sponsorship of The American Legion, the largest wartime veteran’s service organization, ALMBS nurtures and mentors the leaders of tomorrow, promoting patriotism, honor, and civic engagement.

The program offers a transformative experience that shapes the lives of its participants, providing them with numerous benefits that last a lifetime. 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. Over its 84-year history, The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State has empowered approximately 31,000 individuals with the tools for success.

Last year’s graduates from Putnam County were Benjamin Shumaker (Hurricane High School), Nicholas McWhorter (Winfield High School), Connor Pickens (Buffalo High School), Isaac Bailey (Poca High School).

These young men displayed outstanding dedication, leadership, and a commitment to the principles of Americanism and citizenship.

To learn more about The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State and to apply for this life-changing experience, please visit our official website at https://wvboysstate.org. For inquiries, interested individuals may contact the American Legion Post in Winfield, their high school guidance counselor, or The American Legion Department of West Virginia Headquarters at https://wvlegion.org. Are you ready to be part of the “Men of Tomorrow”?

The American Legion also extends its gratitude to all those who generously contribute to these programs each year. The success of ALMBS and similar initiatives relies on the support of local businesses, individuals, and community-minded organizations. Those interested in sponsoring a future “Citizen” can contact their local American Legion Post. Currently, the sponsorship cost for the Boys State program is $350. Recruitment efforts will continue until all available slots are filled. The American Legion deeply appreciates the support of communities throughout the state, and we salute you!

The American Legion Auxiliary holds the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State (ALARGS) program at Davis & Elkins College for those female juniors who are interested in a similar program; more information on ALARGS can be found at https://wvgirlsstate.org.

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