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AUSTIN (June 24, 2015) – The American Legion, Department of Texas today announced that Seth Barberee of Stephenville High School has graduated from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas, better known simply as Texas Boys State. Seth was placed in Townes City for his town which was in Rossiter County, Young District. While at Texas Boys State, Seth obtained the offices of Townes City Flag Corp, County Commissioner for Rossiter County, Nationalist Party Platform Committee Delegate, and participated in the Texas Boys State Band by playing the cymbals.
Begun in 1935, Boys State is a unique program that educates future leaders about government, civics, and patriotism in a “learn by doing” environment. Each delegate has just finished his junior year of high school and was hand-picked by teachers, counselors, and local American Legion posts throughout Texas to attend this one week seminar.
During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists. Each party drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices.
This year the delegates heard from more than 50 distinguished speakers, ranging from State Senators Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Royce West, to State Representative James White, to former Vietnam P.O.W. Ken Wallingford. Other keynote speakers were former CIA officer James Olson and Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.
Texas Boys State concluded on Friday, June 12, with a morning parade from the University of Texas at Austin campus to the Texas State Capitol. After the parade, the delegates toured the capitol, visited the offices of their state senators and representatives.
For more information on Boys State, visit www.TexasBoysState.com.