One hundred and fifty public and private high schools throughout the state are invited to select qualified students to participate in the program. Home school students of “junior equivalence” are also eligible. The delegates to Boys State will convene at Rivier University in Nashua to apply the principles of democracy in the mythical fifty-first state -- “Granite Boys State.”
Boys State is an opportunity made available to high school juniors annually by the American Legion. When the students arrive on campus for registration, they are assigned to a city or to a town, to the House of Representatives or to the Senate, to an Executive Council District, and to a mythical political party. During the week, the students establish their mock city, town and state governments through caucuses and debates, develop party platforms, elect candidates for primary and general elections, and debate legislation. The program provides students with a practical application of democracy, encourages leadership both in their schools and in their communities, and emphasizes the importance of being responsible citizens and making their votes count.
In addition, the students have the opportunity to spend six days on a college campus, meet other students from throughout the state, compete for scholarships, and even earn three college credits for successful completion of the program.
Applications are available from high school guidance counselors or local American Legion Posts, or on the N.H. American Legion Boys State website at www.nhboysstate.org. The application deadline is June 3, 2016. For more information, please contact:
Boys State Coordinator
Henry J Sweeney Post 2
The American Legion
251 Maples St
Manchester NH 03103
The American Legion Auxiliary similarly sponsors Granite Girls State. The 2016 dates for that program have not yet been announced.