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.”
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.
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
During the July, 2018 Membership Meeting, four Boy Statesmen told the membership about their experiences during the 2018 Texas Boys State, and thanked the Membership for allowing them to participate in such a great experience.
From Left to Right: Eric Wu (Frisco H.S.), Carter Yates (Frisco H.S.), Ryan Chen (Centennial H.S.) and Chase Attanasio (Wakeland H.S.)
Twelve high school juniors from the Dallas area have been selected to take part in the Texas American Legion’s Boys State program June 7-12.
The students, sponsored by American Legion Love Field Post 453, will spend a week on the University of Texas at Austin campus learning how government works at the city, county and state levels.
The students are Roberto Alvarado , North Mesquite High School; Michael Boyson, Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory; Bryce Killian, St. Mark’s School of Texas; Matthew Whiting and Austin Cain, Coppell High School; and Arthur Berry, Will Douglas, Hunter Hodges, Will Moore, Cole Sorrels, Jake Sorrels and Tyler Vincent, Highland Park High School.
For more information on Boys State.
Freddie Kratz, a junior at New Hampton Prep School in New Hampton, NH, and a resident of Frisco, TX, has been selected to attend two prestigious summer programs in June: Texas Boys State and the West Point Summer Leadership Seminar. Freddie and six other finalists will represent the City of Frisco and the Peter J. Courcy American Legion Post 178 in Frisco and join over 950 delegates from around the state for this week long program at the University of Texas, Austin.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities, of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical, with city, county, and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. The week long course includes running for an elected office, setting political platforms, speeches from dignitaries and state government leaders, a tour of the state capital and conducting runoffs in the election process.
Freddie will then travel to NY and be among 1,000 attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June. More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point.
SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The one week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general. All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, and military and physical fitness training, and, in addition, each student selects three of the 15 offered workshops.
The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located 50 miles north of New York City. A preeminent leader development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America’s Army.
UPDATE JULY 10th:
Frisco Student, Freddie Kratz, Heads to American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
One of 98 high school student representatives throughout the U.S. chosen to attend The American Legion Boys Nation at Marymount University, Arlington, VA, with daily trips to Washington, D.C.. He is one of two delegates selected from the state-based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at American Legion Boys State. From July 18-25, the week-long program introduces the senators to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.
These young men are the future of politics in the United States. This program is designed to inspire a strong devotion to America while providing a practical view of federal government procedures. Many of the current great leaders of our country are Boys Nation Alumni.
The American Legion Boys Nation program provides a week of government training in Washington, D.C, comprised of lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical sites. Valuable experience of the political process is gained through the organization of party conventions, the introduction and debate on bills and resolutions, and the election of an American Legion Boys Nation President and Vice President.
Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a “Senator.” The “Senators” caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate. In addition, federal legislators, representatives of national distinction, traditionally including the President of the United States, participate in the activities at The American Legion Boys Nation Program. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Max Baucus, MT.
American Legion Post 178 chose the finalists who will attend the 2014 Texas Boys State Program at the University of Texas in Austin in June.
The finalists, who were nominated by their high school counselors, will spend a week learning how their state, county and city governments operate.
They are Freddie Kratz, Frisco resident; Ethan Frie and Miles O’Neal from Heritage High School; Regan Railey from Frisco High School; Sam Michelich from Wakeland High School; and Steven Kosanke and Andrew Vandersand from Centennial High School.
More information on the Boys State program.