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) the 2021 Texas Boys State interview process was conducted virtually and the 2021 Texas Boys State will also be done virtually again this year.  Post 178 selected 20 young men participate in the 2021 Texas Boys State program. They are as follows: Sean Avery – Independence HS, Jeremy Caylor – Wakeland HS, Thomas Davies – Wakeland HS, Tyler Earwood – Reedy HS, Mihit Garlanka – Independence HS, Sridatta (Shree) Kodavatiganti – Heritage HS, Grant Marshall – Frisco HS, Rush McCown – Legacy Christian Academy, Ty McElroye – Reedy HS, Aditya Mudgal – Independence HS, Mihir Nakra – Centennial HS, Pratyush Patra – Memorial HS, Jacob Pavlasek – Reedy HS, Colin Peek – Wakeland HS, Cooper Ragle – Liberty HS, Piyush Rath – Heritage HS, Ethan Reinhardt – Heritage HS, Nathan Sauer – Rock Hill HS, Ashwin Yogaratnam – Memorial HS, Charlie Zhang – Liberty HS. You can view our Texas Boy State delegates by clicking on the years below.

With 20 young men attending Texas Boys State in 2021, Post 178 has sent a total of 141 young men to Texas Boys State in the eight 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/