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Future leaders wanted for Boys State

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, is inviting all high school junior boys to attend the American Legion’s Boys State this summer at Western Oregon University.

“These young men are the future leaders of America,” said Don Weber, commander of the Department of Oregon. 

“We are seeking boys with outstanding qualifications in character and leadership to attend one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction ever designed for high school students.”

Boys State will be held June 12 – 18. 

“It is a participatory program where each young man becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government,” said Weber. 

In most cases, a sponsoring American Legion post, a local business or another community-based organization pays expenses associated with attending this program.

The application deadline for Boys State is June 6. 

Applications and more information can be found at .


Girls State

The application deadline for Girls State is June 3. Applications and more information can be found at

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