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American Legion to hear from Boys and Girls State attendees in Cumming
Forsyth County News - Local News, Breaking News in Forsyth County, Georgia

On Monday, a local veterans group will hear from high school students about their experiences attending leadership and citizenship programs. 

Starting at 7 p.m., American Legion Post 307 will host high schoolers who went to the legion’s Boys State program at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville and Girls State at Georgia Southern University over the summer. 

“In every spring, [the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary] interview the leading candidates that are rising seniors and select boys or girls to go to this training for a week, and they learn about the formation of our government,” said John Arant, the post’s information officer. “They have to campaign and address issues that regular politicians and councilmen face in their state.”

Arant said the post sends the most students in the state to the programs and that attending the programs can make an impression on college applications.

“It’s usually really high-end students,” he said. “For example, if a young lady or a guy is applying to West Point or the Naval Academy… that really gives them a leg up as far as the ability to function and be a good candidate and student.”

Some of the students went to the next level and attended Boys Nation or Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. 

“One of them was a senator from the state of Georgia and got to go into the White House and meet the president,” Arant said.

The meeting will be held at the Georgia Army National Guard Readiness Center, located at 100 Aquatic Center in Cumming.