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                2019 Boys/Girls State Sponsorship Event
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​​​At the American Legion Boys and Girls State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. ​​Boys and Girl State is intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instill a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails.   

​​Boys State: We are supporting 4 High School Seniors to attend this year’s Boys State at the University of Texas, in Austin. It takes $295 to support each boy attending; our total donation is $1,180. Boys State is intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instil a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails.

​​​Girls State: We are supporting 3 High School Seniors to attend this year’s Girls State in Seguin. It takes $375 to support each girl attending; our total donation is $1,125. Girls State is intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instil a deep
sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails.




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A Boys State Orientation was held at the American Legion Post 179 in New Braunfels on May 13, 2019. Four John Paul II High School Juniors were selected by the Garden Ridge Lions Club to attend the 2019 session of Boys State. Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government. Boys State will be held on the University of Texas Campus, Austin, from June 9 to June 14, 2019.

It takes $295 to support each boy attending; our total donation is $1,180. Boys State is intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instil a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails.


​From Left to Right: Garden Ridge Lion's Boys State Chair, Lion John Mitzel; John Paul II HS Juniors Brady Sullivan, Shane Scott, Joseph Kapvik and Marcello Brownsberger; and Garden Ridge Lions Secretary Jim Newbold.