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Students head to citizenship events

VERGENNES- The Vergennes American Legion Post 14 will sponsor two VUHS delegates to the Green Mountain Boys' State citizenship event held June 19-24 at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont: Colin Babcock and Ben Parsons.

This year, the two students who were nominated along with Colin to attend were Julian Hattler and Kyle Darwin but they have previous commitments and are unable to participate. Nick Paquin was first alternate and he too was unable to attend.

They were nominated by faculty and staff based on leadership, character and honesty, cooperativeness, community participation and service and scholarship.

Over 70 years ago, the American Legion of Vermont realized the importance of educating the future leaders of this state, and possibly the nation. They developed a program that offers young men in-depth insight into government, beyond what taught at the high school level. The program, Boys' State, provides the opportunity to see firsthand how our government operates, and to actually participate in mock deliberations and decisions.

In addition, the Vergennes American Legion Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring Monica Birchmore, Tabatha Danyow, and Cara Strona, VUHS' delegates to the Green Mountain Girls' State held at Castleton State College for a week beginning June 19.

The purpose of Girls' State is to provide citizenship training for girls of high school age; to afford them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens, and to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

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