The Bridge City American Legion Post 250 sponsored two local high school Juniors to participate in this years “Boys State” program. The boys selected are Casey Smith of Orangefield and Conner Guillotte of Bridge City. The boys will be in Austin from June 7 through June 12. The boys and their parents met with Post Commander Mike Reilly, and Adjutant Arlene Howland, and Post members at the Circle Drive Baptist Church for a briefing and pictures.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of citizens. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus, and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local school faculties and American Legion posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by the sponsoring American Legion Post.

Only boys with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, and service to their schools and community are considered and must have successfully completed their junior year of high school with at least one more semester of high school remaining.

The Post holds various fund raisers during the year to support this and other programs in the community and to help our local veterans. Anyone wishing to make a donation may send it to American Legion Post 250 at P O Box 1561, Bridge City, TX 77611.

Pictured from left are: Mike Reilly, Casey Smith, Conner Guillotte and Arlene Howland.