Four Berkeley Heights Students Participate in American Legion Jersey Boys State

Director David S. Bagatelle, Director of American Legion Jersey Boys State, with Senator Cory Booker, who is an alumnus of the program. Credits: American Legion Jersey Boys State
U.S. Rep Leonard Lance was a delegate at Boys State in 1969. Credits: American Legion Jersey Boys State Facebook Page
American Legion Jersey Boys State is held annually at Rider University. Credits: American Legion Jersey Boys State Facebook Page
American Legion Jersey Boys State’s (ALJBS) 2016.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is among the speakers at American Legion Jersey Boys State held at Rider University.

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Four young men from Berkeley Heights are participants (listed with sponsoring Legion Posts) this week at the 72nd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) at Rider University.

  • Carl Heer, Berkeley Heights, Legion Post #433
  • Ethan Kan, Berkeley Heights, Legion Post #433
  • Timothy Koubek, Berkeley Heights, Legion Post #433
  • Cole Wolfram, Berkeley Heights, Legion Post #433

A “who’s who” slate of current and former New Jersey leaders is set to speak, including U.S. Senators Cory Booker (ALJBS ’86) and Bob Menendez (ALJBS ’71), Lt. Governor and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (ALJBS ‘69), and former Governor Christie Todd Whitman. ESPN’s Jay Williams, former NBA and collegiate star, will deliver a speech on Friday.

"I am impressed every year by the young men who participate and hope to serve their country, churches and communities,” said Rep. Leonard Lance. “I look forward to their questions on current events and issues before Congress and the nation.”

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Held at Rider University every year beginning on Father's Day, American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) has a strong tradition of education, patriotism and excellence in the development of tomorrow's leaders at our week-long hands-on program.

The goal of ALJBS is to develop good citizens by inspiring the youth of New Jersey to take a more active and intelligent interest in the operation of our state and nation and in the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship. The program also helps young people understand the sacrifices made by our veterans to preserve our nation and way of life.

“Boys State played an integral role in inspiring me to commit my life to public service, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to share that experience with New Jersey’s future leaders," Sen. Cory Booker said. "The valuable lessons of democracy and community engagement that are instilled through Boys State and Girls State have encouraged young men and women from across New Jersey to become civic-minded leaders committed to responsible citizenship.”

"It is always reassuring to spend time with these young people and be reminded that the future will be in good hands,” said former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman. “Congratulations to all who work so hard to make this program a success.”

Other Union County Participants:

  • Lucas Cloppse, Clark, Legion Post #3
  • Gabriel Beckford, Cranford, Legion Post #328
  • Colin Budries, Cranford, Legion Post #328
  • Marek Wlodarski, Cranford, Legion Post #107
  • Ryan Briggs, Mountainside, Legion Post #3
  • Darian Lluberas-Bello, Roselle, Legion Post #5
  • Daniel Lopez, Roselle, Legion Post #5
  • Gercy Sorto, Roselle, Legion Post #5
  • Andre Rodriguez, Roselle Park, Legion Post #3
  • Bryce Forys, Springfield, Legion Post #228
  • Colin McCormack, Springfield, Legion Post #228
  • Tyler Aversa, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #328
  • Edward Chrystal, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
  • Declan Costello, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
  • Clayton Lee, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #3
  • Peter Tevis, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #42
  • Karl Wirth, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
  • Miles Bergman, Summit, Legion Post #5
  • Jack Browne, Summit, Legion Post #322
  • Benjamin Schachter, Summit, Legion Post #322
  • Joseph Shepard, Summit, Legion Post #322
  • Kevin Keegan, Union, Legion Post #107
  • Camden Beinhaker, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • Jacob Dayon, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • James Fritz, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • Evan Gruters, Westfiled, Legion Post #3
  • Nicholas Savorgiannakis, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • Daniel Scalia, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • Noah Schwartz, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • Lucas Toglia, Westfield, Legion Post #3
  • Michael Urbinato, Westfield, Legion Post #3


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