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Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 recently sent eight delegates to the 64th Session of American Legion Jersey Boys State at Rider University.

Legion Program Chairman Ted Howarth said Boys State developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government.

American Legion Boys is an activity of high educational value, born out of the need for youth training in practical citizenship.

Qualified male high school juniors get a chance to take part in a practical government course. It develops in young citizens a working knowledge of government structure.

Howarth said the programs are governed by a set of standards geared to meet certain objectives.

To develop civic leaderships and pride in American citizenship.

Hopefully each young man will return to his community a better citizen with an aroused desired to make civic contributions.

To arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of the U.S. Government.

To arouse in the young citizen a determination to maintain democracy.

The program tries to accomplish this in many ways, but primarily by bringing the young men to the full realization of how wonderful it is to be an American!

To instill in the young citizen a full understanding of American traditions and belief in the United States.

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation, and to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy.

It is difficult each year to select the students to come to Boys State, who are chosen on the basis of leadership, character, scholarship, patriotism and service.

In this process, Howarth and the members of Legion Post 72 would like to thank Principal Jack Don and Sean Gorman of Gloucester City High, Principal John Colman and Joanne Walsh of Gloucester Catholic High School, and Assistant Principal Todd C. Green of Haddon Township High, as well as the faculty members for their efforts in submitting the candidates in this program.

Also, thanks to the following business and civic organizations for their financial help in co-sponsoring the delegates. Without them, this program would not be possible.

They are: Gloucester City Lions Club, who sponsor a delegate from each school; Gloucester City Rotary Club, Haddon Township High School PTA, Haddon Township Zone PTA, and the Sons of The American Legion Squardron #72.

Howarth said the delegates will be at Rider University from June 21-26 for the 64th Session of American Legion Jersey Boys and learn the machinery of government by participating in it.

They will hear lectures on the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, conduct campaigns and elections and learn the democratic processes. They will also be involved in sports, music, and other programs.

Of the 71 Camden County delegates, the following eight were co-sponsored by the Brooklawn Legion and the above organizations.

Gloucester Catholic High, Patrick J. McHenry and John J. Stulpin; Gloucester City High, Michael T. Baehr, Cornelius D. Burke, Steven T. Hunt and Andrew J. Lado; and Haddon Township High, John R. Dobbins and Joseph P. Bernhardt.

The officers and members of the post congratulate each of the candidates.

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