BARK RIVER - The Bark River Rheame-Knauf Post 438 American Legion & Legion Auxiliary sent Tiffany Meyers and Mariah Farnsworth to the 71st Session of The American Legion Girls State, which was held at Michigan State University. Scott Jorasz was chosen to attend The American Legion Boys State, which was held at Northwood University in Midland.
Since its beginning in 1941, approximately 30,000 young women of Michigan have participated in this practical experience in self-government. The program is based on Michigan State Government at the City, County, and State levels. It emphasizes the impact of government in today's world. It is the American Legion Auxiliary's mission to provide an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity to the young women of our nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.
The Boys State program is one of the most respected events nationwide, in which high school students take part in a variety of city, county and state government activities. The students learn about rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizens. Activities in the past have included attendance at legislative sessions, legal proceedings and a variety of law enforcement presentations.
Scott Jorasz (left) was chosen to attend The American Legion Boys State, which was held at Northwood University in Midland. At right, Tiffany Meyers attended the American Legion Girls State held at Michigan State University. Both students were sponsored by the Bark River Rheame-Knauf Post 438 American Legion and Legion Auxiliary which pay the $400 attendance fee for each selected student to attend the week-long programs.
The Boys State program was started in 1935 in Illinois and continues today with sponsorship by American Legion posts across the United States, with the exception of Hawaii.