The American Legion Boys State and Girls State programs are highly-selective learning experiences that allow participants to better familiarize themselves with their duties as United States citizens. The program also encourages student participation in the democratic process as they progress into adulthood. Five MPCS students were selected to attend by American Legion Post 304 in Acworth: T. Babcock, B. Moultrie, R. Jordan, R. Ahern, and S. Morgan.
Congratulations to the MPCS students who are participating in this great program!
About Georgia Boys State
Georgia Boys State is a comprehensive one-week course in state and local government and is a program of the American Legion Department of Georgia. The date for the program is June 12-18, and will be held at Gordon State College in Barnesville.
It is a “leadership-action program,” where qualified male high school rising seniors take part in a practical government course. It is designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon the citizen the fact that our government is just what we make it. Along the way, delegates have the opportunity to learn the political process by organizing a mythical 51st state. Each level of government is run by those delegates who are elected to serve. Instruction is presented on the law and court system, parliamentary procedure, and Georgia political history.
About Georgia Girls State
At Georgia Girls State, held on the campus of Valdosta State University from June 12-17, the "citizens" study local, county, and state government processes. They do this by setting up their own miniature city, county, and state governments and administer them according to the laws of their particular states.
Girls State citizens participate in mock political parties, and elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating, and voting. The citizens also receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure. The delegates learn government processes by doing.
Girls State affords participants an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens by informing them about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship.