Virginia Boys State returns to Radford for third year in a row
Radford University is proud to host the 73rd session of American Legion Boys State of Virginia June 21-27.
This is the third year that Radford University has hosted Boys State, a unique opportunity where participants spend their week learning about American civic principles and participating in a simulation of Virginia local and state government.
Some of Virginia's top administrators are scheduled to address attendees through the week, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring. Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle and retired Navy Rear Adm. William Cobb will also speak at the Boys State opening assembly.
In addition to speeches from holders of Virginia's high offices, Boys State attendees will participate in a variety of activities that reflect the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a citizen. The training is designed as an objective, nonpartisan examination of the U.S. system of government. Activities include mock legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies as well as music and recreational programs.
Participants in Boys State are exemplary high school juniors who are selected by local American Legion posts to attend on the strength of their academics, leadership abilities and citizenship. In many cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or other community-based organization.
The 73rd American Legion Boys State of Virginia will conclude with a final ceremony that will include awards and recognitions and a grand finale performed by the Boys State Band and Chorus.