Four students to attend Boys and Girls State
Four Wareham High juniors have been selected to attend Boys and Girls State this June, courtesy of the American Legion.
Each June, hundreds of students gather at Stonehill College to take academic classes and work together to form functioning mock governments.
This year, the students attending are Kissamy Georges, Indiana Troupe, Dakota Girardin and Brenden Behring.
Bob Powilatis of the American Legion said the students are each a credit to the community, and said Boys and Girls State teach students democracy, “good citizenship and what it means to be an American – or what it should mean.”
Principal Scott Palladino said the experience is “phenomenal” and noted that a number of leaders have attended the program. According to the Legion, notable Massachusetts alumni include Michael Dukakis and former Red Sox General Manager Mike Hazen.
Troupe said he’s aspired to attend Boys State since middle school, and was only more interested after watching the 2020 documentary ‘Boys State.’ Georges said once she learned about Girls State, she really wanted to attend.
Girardin said she’s excited to meet other students from around the state that share her interests. Behring said he hopes to study political science or government in college, so this event is a good foundation.
The students will be able to attend at no cost, thanks to funds from the Legion.