NEWBERRY — The American Legion Post 24 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 hosted a dinner on July 12 to honor 10 Palmetto Girls State delegates and eight Boys State delegates.
After being introduced, each gave a brief summary of their week’s activities. Each one was appreciative for being chosen. Delegates thanked their sponsors and stated they learned a lot about government and made lifelong friends.
The program is a nationwide Americanism and government training program for students who have just completed their junior year of high school. Through participation, delegates gain a better understanding of their government and the responsibilities they will assume when they become adults.
The 70th Palmetto Girl State program was held at Presbyterian College the week of June 5 and Palmetto Boys State was held at Anderson University from June 5 to June 11.
The American Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system.
During the week each young man had the opportunity to run for and be elected to mock offices ranging from city level (e.g. city council, mayor) to state constitutional offices (e.g. lieutenant governor and governor).