The American Legion, the largest veterans organization in the entire world started Boys State at the fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois in 1935. North Carolina American Legion started “Tar Heel Boys State” at the University of North Carolina, the eighth state to do so in 1938. “Tar Heels Boys State” remained at UNC Chapel Hill for 25 years and then moved to Wake Forest University for the next 35 years. Since 2003, “Tar Heels Boys State” has been hosted by Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Boys State is an intense workshop concentrating on North Carolina state government and politics. The students attending compete to be selected by the American Legion to be sent to “Boys Nation” in Washington D.C. which is the same type workshop concentrating on federal government and politics.
Newton Post 16 of The American Legion North Carolina is proud to announce it has raised thousands of dollars and is funding nine students to attend 2014 Tar Hills Boys State. These students come from Newton Post 16’s membership district that covers Newton-Conover High School, Bandys High School and Fred T. Ford High School. Newton Post 16 also tried to get students from the Jr. ROTC program at Bunker Hill High School, also in Post 16’s membership district but conflicts with the Air force Jr. ROTC program and dates of their summer camp and fly in kept Post 16 from sponsoring students from Bunker Hill.
Newton Post 16 of the North Carolina Department of The American Legion, the oldest American Legion Post in North Carolina is proud to be associated with such fine students in the local area and be able to furnish the funds to send them to the great experience of “2014 Tar Heels Boys State”. We’re pulling for them to make the local communities proud. Newton Post 16 and The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our great republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government