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Morrisville State to host 2013 Boys State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State 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 23-28.

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 in preparation of a parade, one of the high points of the program.

Boys State was developed by the American Legion in 1938 and its participants have influenced actual 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 are eligible to receive up to a $2,000 scholarship over the course of their degree.

Scheduled to speak during Boys State are:
Sun. June 23
Colin Schmitt Boys’ Nation and Boys’ State 2009

Mon. June 24
Richard Hanna, U.S. Congressman Fred Ashforth, Public Speaking Trainer

Tues. June 25
Scott McNamara, D.A. Oneida County
Frank Patience, Secretary of the NY State Senate
Claudia Tenney and Bill Magee, NY State Legislators

Wed. June 26
Joseph Griffo, NY State Senator
Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
Chris Watson, Boys’ Nation Representative and Former Boys’ State Governor 2012
Steve Jones, Attorney in Madison County

Thurs. June 27
Helen Sperling, Holocaust survivor
Nick Longo, Boys’ Nation NY 2011
Judge McDermott of Madison County

Fri. June 28
Major General Patrick Murphy, U.S. Army Reserves, NY
David Valesky, NY State Senator

Morrisville State 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.