Radford University hosts 75th Boys State

Radford University will welcome nearly 800 young men of the 75th session of American Legion Boys State of Virginia to campus on June 18.

This is Radford University's fifth year hosting Boys State, a special opportunity during which participants spend the week learning about American civic principles and participating in a simulation of both local and state government.

Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Radford Mayor Bruce Brown and retired Col. Richard L. Anderson are scheduled to speak at the Boys State opening assembly on Sunday night.

Throughout the week, numerous local and state officials are scheduled to present.

Members of the 2016 American Legion Boys State of Virginia.

Participants in the 2016 American Legion Boys State of Virginia.

While on campus, Boys State attendees will participate in a variety of activities that reflect the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a citizen, including mock legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations and assemblies.

Attendees will experience music and recreational programs, as well as utilize the Moot Court in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.

Virginia's American Legion selects exemplary high school juniors to attend Boys State based on academic achievements, leadership ability, civic engagement and citizenship. In many cases, attendance costs are covered by a sponsoring American Legion Post, local business or other organization. 

Jun 16, 2017
Max Esterhuizen