The American Legion Post 142 in Cannon Falls sponsored Ryan Foster, incoming senior at Cannon Falls High School, and Austin Moorhouse, incoming senior at Randolph High School, to participate in Boys State for a week, from June 9-15, at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
While there the boys were given the opportunity to organize and participate in various branches of government in addition to athletics, music, writing for the newspaper and holding leadership positions across all levels of the program.
In addition to the election of the Boys State Governor and State Constitutional Officers, highlights of the week included political speakers, mock trials, and campaigning.
Unlike a summer or recreational camp, Minnesota Boys State is a week of studying and learning by involvement.
The "citizens" of Boys State had the opportunity for group living in dormitories and cafeteria style meals, a preview of college dorm life.
Two included objectives of the annual camp taken from the Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion "to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation..." and "to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy..."
Moorhouse is on both the basketball and baseball teams at Randolph, plays trumpet in the band, is a member of the FFA Chapter, was elected Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, is a senior leader and carries a 3.6 GPA at school. He also serves as a volunteer at his church.
Some of Foster's accomplishments include upcoming president of the student council as well as upcoming president of the National Honor Society, student school board representative, sings in choir and carries a GPA of 3.89 at CFHS. Ryan is also a junior board member on the Board of Christian Education at First Congregational Church.
The American Legion Auxiliary in Cannon Falls selected Megan Bauer of Cannon Falls, and Madison Taylor of Randolph, to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State from June 9 to June 15, at Bethel University.
Bauer, the daughter of Ginger and Timothy Bauer of Cannon Falls, is an incoming senior at Cannon Falls High School ranked first in her class. School activities include speech, debate, Interact, National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, editor of the Lantern, and student council member.
Taylor is the daughter of Dean and Sara Taylor. An incoming senior at Randolph, she is active in basketball, softball and volleyball. She is also in Spanish, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), FFA, and National Honor Society (NHS), and in the band. She carries a 4.0 grade point average (GPA).
Minnesota Girls State is a week of intensive study where about 400 girls learn about government at the local, county and state levels by actually participating in and organizing the various levels and branches of government as found in Minnesota.
Highlights included filing for office, campaigning, the election and inauguration of the Girls State Governor and State Officials and legislative sessions held at the Minnesota State Capitol in the House and Senate chambers, and mock trials held in the Judicial Center.