Local students attend American Legion Boys State

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Front row, from left: Tyson Langford, Jacob Neal, Carter Gee, Kellen Martin, Johan Lopez Perez, Mathew Bazan, Armando Torres, Minh Huynh, Ryan Laruy, Jesse Sanchez, Jonathan Holmes, Brogen Ballew and Caleb Huggins.

Back row, from left: Joseph Bergeman, Mathew Harris, David Knox, Gabe Kirk, Mauricio Lino, Jr, Lincoln Nichols, Moises Miranda and Ismael Belman.

Not pictured is Kevin Cortez.

The American Legion's Boys State, founded in 1935, is a participatory program for students who are interested in becoming part of the local, county or state government. Basically, Boys State is a series of selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students.

This year the week-long Georgia Boys State was held at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.

"We are proud to sponsor these high school students," said Lee Oliver, commander of American Legion Post 112 in Dalton. "They will learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training these young students receive centers on the structure of city, county and state governments, and someday this valuable training may cause one or more of these students to run for a government office. This year we had 22 students attending this special program."

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