Monday, June 10th 2013

Holly American Legion announces 2013 Boy/Girl State participants

Written by Amy Mayhew
Thursday, June 06 2013

HOLLY, Michigan - While many will be taking family vacations and spending time relaxing in the sun this summer, a few select Holly High School students will encounter a summer adventure they are soon not to forget.   Today, they’re eager, energetic and outgoing students at Holly High Schoo, but in the years to come, these individuals could become our future leaders making policy decisions in Lansing, Washington, and around the world.  A highly motivated group of seven students have been selected to participate in three different programs designed to educate them about life in public service.

Juniors Heidi Martin, Carly Postma, Grayson Shell, were selected to attend the 70th Session of the Michigan American Legion Auxiliary Girls State being conducted on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing June 17-23.  They will join other young ladies from across the state in learning about the functions of our government.  

Juniors Steven Domagalski and Jacob Tyson were chosen to represent Holly High School at the 74th session of the Michigan American Legion Boys State Program held on the campus of Northwood University in Midland June 16-22.  

Both programs provide real-life simulations in which participants serve as public representatives in a mock government situation. During the week-long event, the students will engage in campaigns, enact laws, formulate policy, and learn parliamentary procedure.  

Since its inception over 70 years ago, many notable names have attended the event across the United States including Neil Armstrong, Jon Bon Jovi, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Jordan, and Jane Pauley.

Additionally, Tyler Degarmo and Evan Fitzpatrick were selected to attend the Michigan State Police Student Trooper Program held on the campus of the Michigan State Police Academy facility in Lansing.  The program is designed to teach young students interested in a career in law enforcement the various aspects involved in the occupation.  These two young men will encounter simulated drug busts, traffic stops, police canine unit, basic crime scene and forensic techniques, and experience intense physical training.      

The cost of all three programs is being funded by the Holly American Legion Post 149 with the support of the Career Center at Holly High School.  

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