The University will host the State of the Boys
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will welcome US State of Legion Boys beginning Sunday (May 30), when the week-long event will bring about 250 rising high school students from across Mississippi to campus with the goal of “developing the informed and responsible citizens of tomorrow.”
Boys State delegates will learn how city, county and state governments operate by simulating these jobs. They will also participate in Memorial Day services and hear from many elected local, state and federal officials.
Chancellor Glenn Boyce said the university was thrilled to welcome so many future leaders.
“The university is proud of its strong and long-standing partnership with the American Legion Boys State,” Boyce said. “Like Boys State, Ole Miss is dedicated to providing extraordinary learning opportunities and nurturing future Mississippi leaders.
“We are very happy to welcome these impressive young men from across our state for another exceptional experience on our campus.”
The Illinois American Legion established the Boys State in 1934, and the Mississippi Legion began in 1938. The national organization adopted it in 1945.
Boys State’s goal is to ensure that every delegate understands the value of civic education and has the opportunity to put that education into practice on campus.
The rally is designed to be a virtual 51st state with a constitution, statutes and ordinances constructed by its citizens to govern themselves. Participants are required to review their knowledge of the political workings of state and local government, but they also perform the same functions as office holders in the real world.
Typically, the governor of Mississippi, members of his congressional delegation, lawmakers, mayors, and other elected officials address delegates to Boys State. This year, Governor Tate Reeves and US Senator Roger Wicker are among those expected to speak.
Bradley Baker, director of the Ole Miss Student Union, said it has been an honor to work with Boys State for the past few years.
“It has been a privilege to be part of the university’s commitment to the development of the future leaders of our state and our nation in the planning of Boys State each year,” said Baker. “We are delighted to welcome them back to campus for what will be a memorable experience for each delegate as well as their staff during their stay on campus.
Organizers are encouraging attendees to get out and see all the campus has to offer, Baker said.
“When planning for Boys State each year, we want delegates and staff to enjoy our top notch facilities, whether it’s at the Student Union, in the Grove or in their dorms,” said Baker. “We are always honored to roll out the red carpet for the Boys State program as we welcome them to Oxford and Ole Miss every summer.”