Sam Evans, second from right, will attend the American Legion Boys Nation next week in Washington, D.C., as one of two delegates representing New York state. This is the first time in 40 years or more that a boy was invited to Boys Nation from Cazenovia or Madison County. Standing with Evans in front of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 is, from left, Jack Mott, Joseph Barilla and John Colligan.
Cazenovia Samuel James Evans, 18, of Cazenovia, a senior-year homeschooled student, has been chosen as one of 98 high school student representatives throughout the U.S. chosen to attend the American Legion Boys Nation next week in the nation’s capital.
Evans is one of two delegates selected from New York state based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at the American Legion Boys State. The week-long program introduces the students to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.
The American Legion Boys Nation program is designed to inspire a strong devotion to the nation while providing a practical view of federal government procedures. It provides a week of government training in Washington, D.C, comprising lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical sites. Valuable experience of the political process is gained through the organization of party conventions, the introduction and debate on bills and resolutions and the election of an American Legion Boys Nation president and vice president.
Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a “senator.” The “senators” caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate. In addition, federal legislators and representatives of national distinction participate in the activities at the American Legion Boys Nation Program. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Max Baucus, Mont.
Evans will attend the Boys Nation Friday, July 19, to Friday, July 26, at Marymount University, Arlington, Va., with daily trips to Washington, D.C.