LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Middlesex County Freeholder Kenneth Armwood addressed nearly 1,000 rising high school seniors at the 71st session of the American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) on Sunday, June 19.

Among the students attending this year's Boys' State are East Brunswick's rising seniors Dennis Cherian, Jatin Khona, and Thomas Murray who are sponsored by Milltown American Legion Post #25.  Rushabh Mehta was sponsored by American Legion Post # 263 of Carteret, and Andrew Polinski was sponsored by American Legion Post #344 of Rockaway, NJ.

In his speech Armwood, a lifelong resident of Piscataway,  spoke candidly about how after being initially denied an opportunity to speak at Piscataway High School’s graduation, he ran for the Piscataway Board of Education at the age of 19. Once elected to the school board, he then took on the former Piscataway principal whom the Board of Education eventually fired.

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“If you don’t make this world what you want it to be, someone else will make it what they want it to be,” Armwood told the delegation.  “If you don’t do anything else this week, get out there and run for something!”

Held at Rider University, ALJBS is a week-long experience that educates and motivates New Jersey’s youth so that each statesman may become a citizen leader dedicated to service, respect, and Americanism. Each year the delegates form the mythical 51st state in the union and elect their own local, state and national representatives.

About Freeholder Kenneth Armwood

Freeholder Armwood's experience in government includes his election to the Piscataway Township Council (2004-2013), where he served as Council President in 2008 and 2013. As a councilman Armwood was involved in the renovation of Quibbletown Park, where the "All Children's Playground" was designed for children with or without disabilities so that they can play together, providing Middlesex County with one the most unique parks in the State.

He has served Middlesex County as freeholder since 2013. Under his leadership, Freeholder Armwood oversees the Middlesex County Business Development and Education Committee. He also has served as a member of the Middlesex County Task Force on School Violence, which created an Emergency Response Manual for schools throughout the County. It has since been used a model for a state program.