The Boys' State program is sponsored by the American Legion in each respective state of the country to supplement high school civics instruction. The Utah Boys' State assembly convenes each year for five days during the month of June at
The program involves the study of American Government and government process. Students participate in mock trial and elections. Additionally, students participate in music, sports, and seminars with public officials. Each state program elects student senators that represent the respective state at Boys' Nation in
The Utah Boys' State curriculum, in partnership with the Departments of Political Science and Continuing Education, permits each student to earn three (3) semester hours of university credit. The university credit is generally transferable to other state funded universities. Additionally, students can apply for university and privately funded scholarships. In addition to (3) semester hours of university credit, each student receives a graduation certificate upon successful completion of the Boys' State curriculum.
Participation in Utah Boys' State is open to young men, based on availability, who maintain good citizenship and are in good academic standing. A student can only attend Boys' State during the summer between his junior and senior year of high school. Further information regarding attendance at Utah Boys' State can be obtained from the respective high school counselor or local American Legion Post. The Class of 2015 will assemble at
Applications and tuition should be turned into Post 72 no later then 1 April, 2015. Applicant's who may need financial assistance should contact the Americanism Chairman Mark Sargeant with their request at. 801-842-3338
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. The 70-year-old program presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.
Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.
High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.
Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
Section 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
The deadline for American Legion Departments to submit nominations for Eagle Scout of the Year is fast approaching. Department nominations must be received by National Headquarters no later than April 1.
The nominee must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop. Varsity Scout Team, or venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron; or must be a member of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or venturing Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member.
In addition, the nominee must:
Be an Eagle Scout, be a member of his religious institution, and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem.
Have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting and community.
Have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at time of selection. Eagle Scouts still in high school who reached their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.
The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year receives a $10,000 scholarship. Three second-place scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will also be awarded.
The American Legion National Americanism Commission's Youth Activities Subcommittee will review department nominations and, in their judgment, select the Eagle Scout of the Year. The selection will be announced in May at the 2010 Spring Meetings of the National Executive Committee in Indianapolis.Print an Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship Application
Brad P. Jencks, a South Jordan, Utah, Scout, was The American Legion's 2009 Eagle Scout of the Year.