July 8, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ – Three Livingston students recently attended the nationally acclaimed leadership and government expedition entitled American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS). Yuval Alaluf, Aidan Kelly and Bhavin Shah were among the 940 selected students across the state to partake in the program.
ALJBS, sponsored by The American Legion Department of New Jersey, provided an outlet for students to create a mock state and government and learn the principles of democracy as well as gain an understanding of American citizenship and ideals.
Students were randomly split into 18 cities and were asked to use the principles of democracy to build their government at the local and county levels. At the conclusion of the program, the students combined into one state and selected a governor and two state senators to move on to represent N.J. at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
Other activities of the week-long program included seminars on potential post-collegiate careers and multiple assemblies from speakers such as Sen. Booker, Sen. Menendez and New York Times writer Charles Wiley.
According to the ALJBS website, only boys with outstanding qualifications in character and leadership and who possess a serious attitude toward an intensive citizenship training program should be selected. High school juniors are selected in early spring by local American Legion Posts. For more information on the program, click here.