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24 Union County Rising-Seniors Attend American Legion Jersey Boys State

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The following Press Release from American Legion Jersey Boys State was submitted to Springfielder.com

ALJBS 2013 Opening Assembly

ALJBS 2013 Opening Assembly

Today, 24 rising-seniors in high schools from Union County arrived at the 68th session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The program, sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Jersey, is a practical approach for teaching civics and government at the local, county and state level, including party politics.

“This week will shape the future for 967 young leaders at Jersey Boys State,” said David Bagatelle, Director of ALJBS. “Just ask Governor Chris Christie, Senator Robert Menendez, or Mayor Cory Booker, all of whom, attended this program when they were in high school.”

Statesmen will have the opportunity to govern and interact with other top-of-the-class peers from across New Jersey as they run their own mythical 51st state of the union from June 16-21. Within 24 hours each city will divide into political parties, elect a mayor and council from within their ranks. By the end of the session, statesmen will have filled the ranks of local, county, state governments, municipal courts and will elect two senators to serve at American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. later this summer.

Throughout the week-long program, statesmen are:

  • Hearing from notable speakers including US Senate candidate and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Congressman Leonard Lance, and NJ Assemblyman Herbert Conaway, Jr.
  • Participating in a robust college fair featuring top national universities;
  • Attending leadership seminars and training by United States Marine Corps and New Jersey State Police;
  • Electing the 68th ALJBS Governor; and
  • Electing two Boys Nation Senators who will represent New Jersey at the annual American Legion Jersey Boys Nation program in Washington D.C., from July 19-26, 2013.

Statesmen in Attendance (Alphabetical by Name)
Austin Alfano, Springfield, Legion Post #228
Travis Ambrose, Rahway, Legion Post #5
Eduardo Arocha, Fanwood, Legion Post #209
Justin Beceiro, Clark, Legion Post #328
Gregory Chen, Short Hills, Legion Post #3
Tyler Citrin, Springfield, Legion Post #228
Stephen Delia jr, Gillette, Legion Post #3
Keston Franklin, Rahway, Legion Post #499
Nicholas Gabuzda, Westfield, Legion Post #3
Antonio Goncalves, Clark, Legion Post #328
Thomas Hartnett, Clark, Legion Post #3
Tyler Holzer, Clark, Legion Post #328
Dennis Reilly, Colonia, Legion Post #3
Jonathan Savorgiannakis, Westfield, Legion Post #3
John Seebode, Clark, Legion Post #3
Nigel Sequeira, Clark, Legion Post #328
Daniel Sheldon, Clark, Legion Post #3
Chase Skibitsky, Westfield, Legion Post #3
Andrew Smith, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Joseph Stokes, Westfield, Legion Post #3
Michael Suzuki, Summit, Legion Post #322
Jonathan Tice, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #3
Ross Zimmerman, Springfield, Legion Post #228
Matthew Zwierzynski, Clark, Legion Post #328

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