Four students were honored for their participation this summer in the 2018 Boys State Government Delegates Program.
The selective week-long intensive program, established in 1937 and sponsored by the American Legion, gives students an opportunity to learn about our government with an emphasis on the importance of civic awareness and community engagement.
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station) recently joined with Greenlawn American Legion Post #1244 to recognize the following students:
- John H. Wood of Huntington Station, a student at St. Anthony’s High School. Wood was honored at a special ceremony held at the Greenlawn Post on Sept. 12.
- John C. Dugan, John E. Poplawski and Raj. J Shah of Walt Whitman High School, also from the 17th Legislative District, were honored at an August program.
Boys and Girls State delegates experienced “A Week That Shapes a Lifetime” through the creation of a “Model State” government in the program held at SUNY Morrisville State College. They participated in mock legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement, assemblies and other group activities.
“These students demonstrated an admirable commitment to democratic values and to developing the knowledge needed to become good American citizens,” Donnelly said. “They are well-prepared to lead their generation into the future and I am proud to honor them.”
Caption: John H. Wood of Huntington Station, a student at St. Anthony’s High School, center, was honored for his participation in the 2018 Boys State Program this summer. Recognizing his efforts were Charlie Armstrong, left, of Greenlawn American Legion Post #1244, and Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly. Photo credit: Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly’s office