LYNDON CENTER -- Lyndon Institute recently announced those students who have been selected to participate in Vermont Boys and Girls State.

Founded in 1935, the American Legion Boys State, a national program, is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. This year, LI students selected are Jack Brown, Crenshaw Lindholm, Jay Cobb, Gabriel Whitcomb-Paulson, Nick Aiken and Patrick Seymour.

Founded in 1937, under the direction of the American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State is a week-long national program with the goal of introducing government to students entering their senior year of high school. The two-party system is brought to life through organizing and administering mock city, county and state governments. Students will campaign, hold party rallies, debates and legislative sessions.

Lyndon Institute juniors selected include Shaylyn Clancy, Elizabeth Vinton, Emily Bean, Maya Gershun-Half and Samantha Smith.

The Vermont Boys State will be held at Lyndon State College June 15-21. The Vermont Girls State will be held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center June 15-19. At the end of their sessions, both groups will have the opportunity to travel to the Vermont State House in Montpelier to put what they have learned to use when they each hold a mock-government session in the house chambers. For more information, please visit


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