The Walter E. Cole American Legion Post No. 187 has endorsed five rising seniors from area high schools to serve as delegates to the 2015 Tar Heel Boys State.
The young men selected are: Charles Douglas Moseley and Samuel Gregory Perry, both from Franklin Academy High School; John Nicholas Latz from Heritage High School; George Bailey Autry and John Taylor Noble, both from Wake Forest High School.
Boys State is a youth program hosted annually throughout the United States by the American Legion. The American Legion in North Carolina will hold its 76th annual session this year from June 21 to 27 at Catawba College in Salisbury.
Among the objectives of the program is to improve citizenship for present and future generations of Tar Heels by teaching delegates about the structure of North Carolina government and its political process using the “learn today to lead tomorrow” concept of instruction. This develops civic leadership and pride in American citizenship through the arousal of a keen interest in the detailed study of our government.
Delegates will be assigned to mock political parties and conduct campaigns to elect fellow delegates to key government offices. In addition, they will participate in a mock court to learn about the judicial system.
Delegates will be evaluated throughout the course of their Boys State experience for scholarship opportunities. This program is well recognized by university administrators for its selection of the best and brightest to attend prestigious advanced education programs.
In addition, two members of Tar Heel Boys State will be selected for the Boys Nation program, which will take place in Washington, D.C.
Potential delegates were recommended by their respective high schools. They all excel academically and serve in leadership roles both in school and their community activities.
The Boys State Selection Committee consisted of Norm Bell, Dan Schubert, Tom Rurka and Bob Peters of Post No. 187 and Charlie Cable of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8466. The VFW and The American Legion both provided scholarship funding and obtained additional sponsorship from Franklin Academy and parents.
Interested male high school students entering their junior year should ask their school counselors about future Boys State sessions.