MILLBURN, NJ - Four Millburn High School rising seniors, Matthew Grossman, Andrew Jacobs, Dan Rosen and Tyler Watson have been selected as delegates to the American Legion’ Jersey Boys State Program held at Rider University, from June 19 to 24, 2016.

They are sponsored by the Millburn/Short Hills Chapter of the American Legion which provides their tuition covering food, housing and other costs. Jersey Boys’ State is a mythical fifty-first state organized and administered for citizenship training purposes under the auspices of The American Legion, Department of New Jersey.

Jacobs, Rosen and Watson (Grossman is unable to attend), will have the opportunity to govern and interact with some of the top high school juniors from across the State of New Jersey and run their own mythical 51st state. Students not only learn about but try to find solutions to the real life problems facing our municipalities, counties and the state as a whole. According to the American Legion, “Boys’ State strives to educate our youth in the duties privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.” It has been called, “A Week that Shapes A Future.”  

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The mission of Boys’ State is “To develop good citizens in the United States of America 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 and to understand the sacrifices made by our Veterans to preserve our nation and way of life.”

During the weeklong program a newspaper is published and seminars are held on a range of topics. A college fair attended by over 75 colleges and universities is offered, along with outstanding speakers and intramural activities. 900 delegates from around the state participate. 

Bill Keenan, Post Commander of the Millburn-Short Hills Guy R. Bosworth American Legion Post met the students recently at Millburn High School, and said, “The local chapter is pleased to sponsor this group of outstanding young men.”