What is Texas Boys State?

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 student becomes a part of the process of his local, county, and state government.

Using the highly effective experiential learning process participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties, and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical, with the city, county, and state governments operated by the students elected to various offices.

Frisco American Legion Post 178 is the program sponsor and has fully funded and graduated 121 students from this program since June 2014. Our selection of up to 25 elite boys will join over 1,100 male students from across the State of Texas for the program.

Nomination Requirements:

• Must be a male, high school junior with at least one semester remaining and has not previously attended Boys State
• Maximum of 3/school nominated by their high school Principal and Counselor.

Selection Criteria for nomination by their high school Principal and Counselor:

• Strong academic performance (a quick study for a fast-moving, intense program).
• Excellent interpersonal skills (gets along very well with others from all backgrounds).
• Exhibited leadership (a leader of leaders).
• Poise and confidence.
• Robust communication skills (ability to present convincing points of view).
• Involved in extracurricular activities & community service.

Selection Process: The Post 178 Boys State Committee conducts required 20-30 minute interviews.

Results: Follows are some of the key results recent graduates have shared with us:
• “Developed a greater appreciation for this country and its ideals”
• “Increased knowledge of the political system and a desire to participate”
• “Advanced peer leadership skills by working with other high performing individuals”
• “Succeeding in a demanding environment”
• “How to market myself and subordinates for positions and stratification”

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) this spring, the 2020 Texas Boys State was completed virtually with WebEX telecommunication. Post 178 had 14 young men participate in the 2020 Texas Boys State. They are as follows: Frisco High School (Zachary Walsh and Connor Dejecacion), Heritage High School (Praval Kollipara), Independence High School (Clyde Bond III and Caleb Hoang), Legacy Christian Academy (Mason Ansley), Liberty High School (Jack Milleson), Lone Star High School (Zakariya Syed and Scott Trouy), Reedy High School (Kevin Thomas and Sean Varghese), Wakeland High School (James Cheshire and Matthew Robinson), and Leadership Prep School (Ajitesh Narayan). You can view our Texas Boy State delegates by clicking on the years below.

With 14 young men attending Texas Boys State in 2020, Post 178 has sent a total of 121 young men to Texas Boys State in the seven years Post 178 has been chartered. Several of our Boy State Delegates have attended military academies and some are attending military universities.

Contact our Texas Boys State Chair for additional information, or visit http://texasboysstate.com/