Texas Boy State delegate interviews were recently completed over a three-week period by an eight-member veteran committee. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, said, “We had a very strong group of twenty-nine candidates from Frisco ISD and private high schools this year.” The high school principals, counselors, and teachers nominated high school junior students from each of their respective schools.
Because of COVID-19 and the winter storm of February 15, virtual interviews and evaluations were conducted over an extended three-week period. Twenty high school juniors were ultimately selected to attend the 2021 Texas Boys State virtual program from June 27 through July 2, 2021.
The American Legion Boys State, an 85 years-old program, is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instructions for high school students. It is a participatory program where each delegate becomes part of the process of his local, county, and state government. Using the highly effective experiential learning process, delegates are exposed to the rights and privileges, duties, and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county, and state governments operated by the delegates elected to various offices.
Since June 2014 and including the 2021 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 141 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State program supports mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.