Polk City American Legion Post 232 will be sponsoring two candidates to American Legion Hawkeye Boys State this year. Those selected are Marshall Nieland of Woodward-Granger and Derek Gibson from Madrid High School.
Boys State is a week long “Hands-On” experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State objective of ”learning by doing” young men will learn more about city, county and state government in one week than they would in an entire semester of high school. Two boys will be selected to go on to Boys Nation to represent Iowa. Also there are numerous scholarships to be awarded at the end of the week.
On Sunday, April 7 both candidates attended Boys State Orientation which was held at the Woodward American Legion Post. Candidates and their parents had the opportunity to learn more about what to expect as well as the extracurricular activities that are offered such as softball, football, volleyball, band and chorus and more. Boys State also has a law school as well as some of the boys will work with the Iowa State Patrol. This was also a time they could ask questions, if any, that they might have had.
The 75th Annual Boys State will be held at Camp Dodge June 9-14 with approximately 500-550 young men participating. Later in the fall the candidates will have the opportunity to come to the Polk City Post 232 to tell the members about their Boys State experience.