Richard Stolz, commander of Edward Born Legion Post #343 of the American Legion in Norwood Young America announces that at a recent post meeting it was voted to send Tom Messner to the 64th Annual American Legion "Legion Boys State," which will be held at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall June 10-16, 2012. Chuck Anderson was named Post Boys State Chairman.
Scholars to Boys State must be juniors in high school. They are singly honored in view of the outstanding qualifications set forth as requirements in selecting them. They are named through cooperation of the Post, high school faculty and leading citizens in the community.
Legion Boys State is a practical learning experience in local and state government. Its citizens will apply knowledge already gained through their school experience and additional knowledge provided through instruction by competent individuals from selected governmental areas to organize and operate their own city, county and state governments.
They will be encouraged, through participation, toward a better civic behavior and appreciation of our democratic ideals. It is in no way a military training camp. Programs will be considered without reference to any existing political party and will be free from political propaganda. It is not a recreational outing.
Legion Boys State was first held in Minnesota in 1949 with 169 boys attending at the University of Minnesota. Last year there were approximately 40 Boys Staters participating. The local Post has been represented by boys through the history of the program.
Messner is the son of Todd and Renee Messner of Hamburg.