Denton County Commissioners Recognize Wakeland Senior Thomas Davies

Denton County Commissioners Recognize Wakeland Senior Thomas Davies

Thomas Davies accepting the Court Proclamation. (L-R) Commissioners Ron Marchant and Ryan Williams, Judge Andy Eads, and Commissioners Bobbie J. Mitchell and Dianne Edmondson.

 

Thomas Davies, a Wakeland High School senior, was recognized at the Denton County Commissioners Court on September 21, 2021, for being an American Legion Boys Nation Senator. Davies was the guest of Commissioner Precinct 1 Ryan Williams.

Davies was selected by American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178. He, along with eighteen other delegates, attended the 2021 Texas Boys State. Davies was also selected as a senator from the more than six hundred Texas Boys State Statesmen to attend the 2021 American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, DC.  Davies was one of one hundred Boys Nation senators selected from more than 20,000 Boys State Statesmen from across our great nation.

In Washington, senators received an education on the structure and function of federal government, introduced legislation, organized party platforms and conventions, and participated in the election of officers. The week of government training also combined lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials, and historical spots in and around Washington.

Judge Andy Eads read the proclamation which was approved by Commissioners Ryan Williams, Ron Marchant, Bobbie J. Mitchell, and Dianne Edmondson. The proclamation recognized Davies for his outstanding achievements and extended best wishes for continued success, happiness, and a lifetime of honor and service.

Frisco City Council Honors  2021 American Legion Post 178 Boys Statesmen

Frisco City Council Honors 2021 American Legion Post 178 Boys Statesmen

American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 2021 Texas Boys Statesmen Accepting Frisco City Council Proclamation. Photo by Jeanie Beal.

The 2021 Post 178 Texas Boy Statesmen were honored at the Frisco City Council meeting on August 17, 2021. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, presented the seventeen statesmen to Mayor Jeff Chaney and council members. Mayor Cheney proclaimed the day as “Frisco Boys Statesmen Day”. He further recognized the vital role high school principals, counselors, and teachers play in the nomination process of prospective delegates.

The group of seventeen incoming seniors who attended the 2021 Texas Boys State virtual program from June 27 through July 2, 2021, received a proclamation. Thomas Davies, who attended a week-long program in Washington, D.C., received an individual proclamation for being selected a Boys Nation Senator.

The American Legion Boys State program began 85 years ago and 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. The American Legion Boys Nation is a weeklong educational program held in Washington, D.C. on the structure and function of federal government.

Since June 2014, including the 2021 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 141 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State and Boys Nation programs support mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.

Post 178 Honors 2021 Boys State Statesmen

Post 178 Honors 2021 Boys State Statesmen

2021 Post 178 Boys State Statesmen and parents honored at the Post 178 August Membership Meeting. Photo by Jeanie Beal.

The 2021 Texas Boy State Statesmen were honored at the Post 178 August membership meeting. Larry Wilhelm, the Program Committee Chairman, said, “We had a very strong group of nineteen young men from Frisco ISD and private high schools complete the program this year.  High school principals, counselors, and teachers played a key role in  nominating these young men from each of their respective schools.”

Seventeen high school juniors who attended the 2021 Texas Boys State virtual program from June 27 through July 2, 2021, were recognized. Each received a Certificate of Recognition from U. S. Congressman Taylor or Burgess. Thomas Davies, who was also selected a Boys Nation Senator and attended a week-long program in Washington, D.C., received certificates from both U. S. Senators Cruz and Cornyn.

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 became part of the process of his local, county, and state government. The American Legion Boys Nation is a weeklong educational program held in Washington, D.C. on the structure and function of federal government.

Since June 2014, including the 2021 selected young men, Post 178 has sponsored 141 Texas Boys State delegates. The highly competitive Texas Boys State and Boys Nation programs support mentoring youth, which is one of the Four Pillars of The American Legion.

American Legion Post 178 Boys State  Statesman Attends Boys Nation in Washington D.C.

American Legion Post 178 Boys State Statesman Attends Boys Nation in Washington D.C.

Thomas Davies, a 2021 Boys Nation Senator, attended the event in Washington, D. C.

Thomas Davies, an incoming senior at Wakeland High School, was recently selected, along with eighteen other delegates from Frisco ISD high schools and private schools, by American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 to attend Texas Boys State. All actively participated virtually and completed the week-long educational program of local and state government instruction to graduate as Texas Boys Statesmen.

Thomas was also selected as a senator from more than six hundred Texas Boys State delegates to attend the 2021 American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. He was one of one hundred Boys Nation senators selected from more than 20,000 Boys State Statesmen from across the nation.

In Washington, Senators received an education on the structure and function of federal government,  introduced legislation, organized party platforms and conventions, and participated in the election of officers. Senators were exposed to the proper method of handling bills according to U.S. Senate rules. The week of government training combined lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials, and historical spots in and around Washington. During a visit to Capitol Hill, Boys Nation Senators also met with elected officials from their home states.

Frisco Lakes Veterans Group Supports the Boys State and Girls State Programs

Frisco Lakes Veterans Group Supports the Boys State and Girls State Programs

On December 3, 2019 the Frisco Lakes Veterans Group presented a program to members and residents of Frisco Lakes on their 2019 accomplishments. One of their proudest accomplishments was the support of both Texas Boys State and Bluebonnet Girls State.

Two of the 2019 delegates were invited to share their story on what attending the program meant to them. Karlene Stelling, Reedy High School, represented Girls State and Preston Cook, Legacy Christian High School, represented Boys State; both made compelling presentations.

Every year the Frisco American Legion, Peter J. Courcy, Post 178 and the Post Auxiliary Unit 178 coordinate, organize, and raise funds for students from the Frisco area High Schools to be able to attend these events in Austin.

Fred Rogers, Post Commander, said, “We are sincerely grateful for the support from this fine volunteer organization.”

Karlene Stelling at Frisco Lakes Veterans Group

Preston Cook at Frisco Lakes Veterans Group

Boys State Proclamation 2018

On 18 September 2018, Frisco’s Mayor Cheney presented a Proclamation to the 22 Boys State Delegates that attended Texas Boys State at the University of Texas in Austin. These young men, now seniors in high school, represented Post 178 and the City of Frisco.

Boys State Frisco Proclamation 2018

Mayor Cheney stated “I, Jeff Cheney, Mayor of the City of Frisco, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2018 as: FRISCO BOYS STATESMEN DAY”.

Mayor Cheney praised the young men for their extraordinary efforts, accomplishments, leadership, and representing the City of Frisco. The Mayor had each of the Statesmen introduce themselves and tell which Frisco high school they were attending.
After introducing themselves and answering a few questions; the Boy Statesmen sang the Texas Boys State song to all attendees. We can be very proud of these young men for their accomplishments. They are the future leaders of our City, County, and State.

Now begins the time for the 2019 Boys State Program. We will be contacting each Frisco high school, Legacy Christian Academy, and our Home School contact for recommendations of juniors to be interviewed for Boys State. Post 178 Boys State committee includes Paul Jones, Ed Kelly, Marty Martel, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, and Larry Marshall.

Mike Strand has been the Boys State Chair since Post 178 was formed in 2014. Mike must be congratulated for the outstanding job he did. He has developed the Boys State program to one of the best; if not the best, in the State of Texas. Thank you, Mike, for the job well done and you will be missed. Good luck in Colorado.

Submitted by: Larry Marshall – Boys State Chair