Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:13 PM by Press Release
Lafayette High School senior Brandon Dale, 17, is one of 98 high school students attending The American Legion Boys Nation. He is one of two delegates selected from the state based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at American Legion Boys State. The program is designed to inspire a strong devotion to America while providing a practical view of federal government procedures.
The week-long program introduces the senators to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.
The American Legion Boys Nation program provides a week of government training in Washington, D.C, comprised of lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical sites. Valuable experience of the political process is gained through the organization of party conventions, the introduction and debate on bills and resolutions, and the election of an American Legion Boys Nation President and Vice President.
Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a "Senator." The "Senators" caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate. In addition, federal legislators, representatives of national distinction, traditionally including U.S. President George W. Bush, participate in the activities at The American Legion Boys Nation Program. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Max Baucus.