Every year, the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary offer juniors in high school a chance to participate in Boys State and Girls State.
Posted Friday, November 1, 2013
Every year, the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary offer juniors in high school a chance to participate in Boys State and Girls State. These premier programs teach participants how government works, while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for our rights as citizens of this great democracy. Students who participate can hone their public speaking skills, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government. Both Girls State and Boys State are held on the campus of Carroll College in Helena at different times.
Darby Bettenhausen and Caden Dukart were chosen from applicants of the class of 2014 to represent Baker High School at Girls State and Boys State. Both Darby and Caden were required to give up a week of their summer to spend time on their respective campuses to participate in this outstanding example of democracy in action. At a time when their peers were sleeping in, hanging out with their friends, working summer jobs, these two were actively involved in fine-tuning their leadership skills and gaining valuable life experiences.
Darby and Caden both enjoyed their experiences; they were especially excited to get to use the debating skills they have learned through competition on the debate team for Baker High School when they had a chance to question Steve Bullock, Montana’s Governor.