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American Legion designates two local students for Boys State participation

Collin Edbauer
SPRINGVILLE — The American Legion Post No. 431 has designated Collin Edbauer and James Oatman as its chosen representatives to attend Boys State at Morrisville State College, from June 23 – 29.

Boys State is a program of the American Legion and was developed from the concept that young people should be offered a “better perspective of the practical operation of government. That the individual is an integral part and commensurately responsible for the character and success of his government. As such, it is an activity of high educational value, born of a need for youth training in practical citizenship,” according to Boys State Chairman, American Legion Post No. 431, Chairman Ray Hubert.

James Oatman
This leadership action program allows qualified, male high school juniors to take part in a government course, which is designed to help its participants develop a working knowledge of government and to “impress upon them the fact that their government is what they make it,” according to Hubert.

Boys State consists of classroom instruction, functional activities and general assemblies. Participants are assigned to a fictitious political party and become involved at the precinct, city, county, judicial circuit, senatorial or legislative district levels, as well as at the state level.

Boys State also allows participants to form and operate their own system of government.

Edbauer is the son of Joseph and Kristine Edbauer of Springville and Oatman is the son of Michelle Oatman of Springville.

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