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American Legion honors participants of Boys, Girls State

Post 88 Auxiliary President Margy Costello, left, stands with Past Adjutant Richard Benner, Joseph Colligan, Emily Stoker, Legionnaire Ken Sparks, Andrew Sparks (grandson to Ken) and Commander of Post 88 Jack Mott on Nov. 11 in the Cazenovia American Legion Hall.

Post 88 Auxiliary President Margy Costello, left, stands with Past Adjutant Richard Benner, Joseph Colligan, Emily Stoker, Legionnaire Ken Sparks, Andrew Sparks (grandson to Ken) and Commander of Post 88 Jack Mott on Nov. 11 in the Cazenovia American Legion Hall. Gene Gissin Photography

— During the Nov. 11 Veterans Day luncheon at the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, Boys State participants Joseph Colligan and Andrew Sparks, along with Girls State participant Emily Stoker, were honored. Other participants to Boys State who were unable to attend this luncheon were William Bigsby and Matthew Schaffner.

“We are proud of these students and we hope that we have supported their parents and school by enabling them to attend a rewarding and educational program” Post Commander Jack Mott said.

These participants were selected from the top 50 percent of the Cazenovia Central School District’s junior class. Selection serves as a testimony to their character and leadership skills.

These summer educational programs, sponsored by The American Legion, are held on various college campuses. They help develop leadership and pride in American citizenship and arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of government. Overall activity focus is on the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy.

The American Legion wants to help these young leaders to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to their community, state and nation.

Al Keilen is public relations chairman for the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88. He can be reached at 655-3742 or alexwkn@aol.com.

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