LAWRENCE TWP., NJ — Six Westfield students participated in the American Legion Jersey Boys State’s (ALJBS) 1,000-student delegation of statesmen last week at Rider University. Representatives from more than 325 communities took part in ALJBS's 70th session.
Top students from across New Jersey got a hands-on education in government at the local, county and state level. Together, the delegates formed a mythical “51st” state of the union and elected their own local, state and national representatives. Within 24 hours of their arrival, the boys formed 18 mythical cities, divided into political parties and elected a mayor and city council from within their ranks. Each boy was given the opportunity to participate in the political process.
Representing Westfield, sponsored by Post #3, were:
William Frey, City #18; Michael Guarnuccio (elected city administrator), City #14; Anthony Scalia (elected assemblyman), City #9; Douglas Smith, City #7; Ryan Soldati, City #15; and Michael Stokes (elected councilman), City #13.
Activities at ALJBS included legislative sessions, general assemblies, court proceedings, athletics, band and career seminars. Held at Rider University every year beginning on Father's Day, ALJBS is known for its strong tradition of education, patriotism and excellence in the development of futures leaders.
Leadership and career seminars at ALJBS are taught by business executives, military representatives, political consultants, law experts, journalists, and other professionals. The event also featured a college fair with more than 80 institutions from across the country and notable speakers.
Notable New Jerseyans who attended Boys State include Governor Chris Christie, Senator Robert Menedez, Senator Cory Booker, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Congressman Leonard Lance.