Boys And Girls State Tradition Continues At Jackson's Mill, Wheeling Jesuit
Charleston, W.Va. – American Legion Mountaineer Boys State and West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State begin next week, continuing a decades-long tradition of building high school students into the leaders of tomorrow.
The 73rd Annual Boys State will be held at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp in Lewis County.
The 68th Annual Girls State will be held on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Boys and Girls State bring students from around the state together and helps them learn more about how government works while promoting the importance of civic responsibility and volunteerism. Students are assigned to political parties and then run for office. Students can seek offices ranging from mayor to governor.
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant will be speaking at both Boys and Girls State and Outreach Coordinator Richard Gillespie and State Elections Manager Dave Nichols, who attended Boys State in 1992 and served as a counselor for three years, will help administer the elections at Boys State.
The students will vote on the iVotronic touch screen system, the same machine used by dozens of counties in West Virginia.
“I am very excited about having the honor of attending Boys and Girls State,” Tennant said. “Being able to speak face to face with young people about how they feel about politics and government is very important to me. I will learn from them just as they learn from me. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. According to the event website in most cases expenses associated with attending Boys or Girls State is paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, local business, or other community based organization.