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Morrisville State College to host 2012 Boys State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College will host more than 1,100 high school junior boys and staff at this year’s Boys State government camp, sponsored by the American Legion, June 24 to 29.

Classified as a Leadership Action Program, Boys State accepts young men with outstanding qualifications in leadership, character, service and citizenship who reflect on the image of the youth of America.

Developed to educate young men and create an interest in the operation and structure of the government, Boys State participants learn the importance of the individual in the success and progress of the government. The program also provides training in leadership, character and citizenship development.

Participants follow a daily physical program including calisthenics and marching to meals in preparation of a parade, one of the high points of the program.

Scheduled to speak during Boys State are:
Sunday, June 24, 4 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna
Monday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. - Scott MacNamara, Oneida County district attorney, and Fred Ashforth, an experienced speaker, writer, trainer and consultant who owns Ashforth Associates
Tuesday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. - Helen Sperling, a Holocaust survivor, and Colin Schmitt, a former Boys State participant and Boys Nation delegate
Wednesday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. – State Sen. Joe Griffo and Nick Longo, a former Boys State participant and Boys Nation delegate
Thursday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. - Patrick Soos, Lt. Col. Retired US Army and ROTC

Boys State was developed by the American Legion in 1938 and its participants have influenced real government legislation in the past. The junior driving license issued at the age of 16 was an idea passed on to the legislature in the 50s by Boys State. Well-known participants who have participated in Boys State include: former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Boys State participants who choose to attend Morrisville State College are eligible for scholarships.

Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Community Service Honor Roll. Visit to experience, Morrisville in motion.