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Rising seniors take part in American Legion program
Sixteen boys and 12 girls from Forsyth County took part in the American Legion Boys and Girls State programs. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

At a glance

2014 American Legion Boys and Girls State participants included the following:


* Genesis Brown, Covenant Christian Academy

* Kira Combs and Rachel Fratt, Forsyth Central High

* Samantha Mullis and Rebecca Yan, Lambert High

* Leah Bergstrom and Madison Booher, North Forsyth High

* Lindsey Manarin and Jamie Sauerbier, South Forsyth High

* Maren Loveland, Morgan Voshall and Elizabeth Youdell, West Forsyth High



* Trent Callan, Jonathan Karl Castell and Nathaniel Green, Forsyth Central High

* Justin Olive, Horizon Christian Academy

* Houston Earnest, Josh Pynn and Grant Slone, Lambert High

* Alexander D. Amico, Brian Grasso and Anthony Scheyer, North Forsyth High

* Christopher Garrison, Zachary Hunter Howlin and Harrison Young, South Forsyth High

* Noah Causey, A.J. Davidson and Stephen Hillman, West Forsyth High

FORSYTH COUNTY — Sixteen boys and 12 girls from Forsyth County were selected to take part in a prestigious government education program last month.

Each year, members of the American Legion Post 307 and the post’s ladies auxiliary choose outstanding high school students to take part in the organization’s Boys and Girls State programs.

The programs began in the 1930s. Today, they offer a weeklong course of instruction and application of the fundamental principles and procedures of city, county and state government.

“They experience six days of brotherhood or sisterhood and learning about our republican form of government, creating a functioning state,” said John Arant, commander of American Legion’s 9th District and a member of Cumming Post 307.

This year, Girls’ State was held on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, while Boys’ State was presented at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.

The students chosen to participate in both programs are rising seniors with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 who have shown strong leadership and community service skills.

The boys and girls are nominated for the program by school counselors. They are then interviewed by committees from the legion and the ladies auxiliary.

The groups pay all expenses of the students during their time in the programs.