LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Rider University is hosting the 73rd annual American Legion Jersey Boys State for 838 high school rising-seniors next week, including 39 from Somerset County.

“In our 73rd year, we are very happy to welcome 883 of New Jersey’s brightest leaders to Jersey Boys State,” David Bagatelle, ALJBS executive director. “American Legion Jersey Boys State serves as a leadership incubator for our state’s top students who will become our political, community, military, and business leaders.”
Students from 325 New Jersey communities are afforded the opportunity to govern and interact with their peers from across New Jersey as they run their own mythical 51st state from June 17-22.

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Within 24 hours of their arrival to ALJBS, students will have formed 18 mock city governments and two political parties to elect a mayor and city council to guide their city throughout the week.

Each student has an opportunity to participate in the political party process by running for office, participating in friendly debate and voting in elections, among many other events. By the end of the week, the delegation will elect a new ALJBS Governor, Lieutenant Governor and two Boys Nation Senators, who will attend a national program in Washington, D.C. this summer.

The college credit-qualified program, sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Jersey, is a preeminent learn-by-doing leadership program. Students are typically chosen and sponsored by a local American Legion Post and other community-based organizations. 

Students from Somerset County and their hometowns, along with the sponsoring Amercian Legion Post, are listed below:

Somerset: ● Jason Amalraj, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Sebastian Bienkowski, Watchung, Legion Post #293 ● Daniel Chen, Belle Mead, Legion Post #12 ● David Chen, Bridgewater, Legion Post #12 ● Nicholas Ciraulo, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Adnan Contractor, Watchung, Legion Post #293 ● Aidan Dolan, Gladstone, Legion Post #12 ● Mihir Doshi, Belle Mead, Legion Post #12 ● Zachary Feldman, Basking Ridge, Legion Post #12 ● Kurt Gmunder, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Brian Gonzalez Villa, Far Hills, Legion Post #12 ● Patrick Jackson, Bernardsville, Legion Post #3 ● Nikhil Kamdar, Branchburg, Legion Post #12 ● Shea Keenan, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Markus Lauber, Neshanic Station, Legion Post #12 ● Xavier Lee, Bridgewater, Legion Post #294 ● Joseph Leon Penagos, North Plainfield, Legion Post #265 ● Connor Leoni, Hillsborough, Legion Post #12 ● Vincent Mattaliano, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Amay Mehta, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Joshua Millman, Branchburg, Legion Post #12 ● Isaac Mineo, Branchburg, Legion Post #12 ● Christopher Monrroy, North Plainfield, Legion Post #265 ● Joseph Napoli, Branchburg, Legion Post #12 ● Savan Patel, Belle Mead, Legion Post #12 ● Charles Phillips, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Ian Riggs, Belle Mead, Legion Post #12 ● Janum Shah, Belle Mead, Legion Post #327 ● Nicholas Sokol, Martinsville, Legion Post #12 ● Michael Sullivan, Warren, Legion Post #484 ● Brandon Tang, Warren, Legion Post #293 ● Vincent Tews, Branchburg, Legion Post #12 ● Jeffrey Uy, Branchburg, Legion Post #12 ● Zachary Volpe, Hillsborough, Legion Post #12 ● Spencer Wilkinson, Bridgewater, Legion Post #12 ● Brett Wolin, Bridgewater, Legion Post #12 ● Oliver Yao, Princeton, Legion Post #401 ● Eric Zhao, Princeton, Legion Post #12 ● Justin Zhao, Belle Mead, Legion Post #12