Boys State begins Sunday at USM

HATTIESBURG, MS. (THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI) – Hundreds of young men from across Mississippi will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Sunday for American Legion Boys State, a weeklong program focused on the fundamentals of government and citizenship.

The event's delegates are high school students chosen by American Legion Posts across the state based on academic performance, service to community and potential for leadership. The week will include simulated campaigns, elections and legislative proceedings to help delegates become better acquainted with the inner workings of the political process.

State and local elected officials and candidates for public office will visit the Southern Miss campus to speak to delegates throughout the week. This is the first year Boys State will be held at the university.

Highlights of the Boys State schedule include:

Sunday, May 30

State Auditor Stacy Pickering, 7 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Monday, May 31

City elections, 8 a.m., Thad Cochran Center

State Party Conventions, 8:30 – 11 a.m., Thad Cochran Center

Bill Luckett, Democratic candidate for governor, 7 p.m. Bennett Auditorium

State Party Conventions, 7-9 p.m., Thad Cochran Center

Tuesday, June 1

State Attorney General Jim Hood, 11 a.m., Bennett Auditorium

Primary election for legislature, 1-3 p.m., Thad Cochran Center

Primary runoff election for legislature, 5-6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center

State Senator Billy Hewes, 6 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Wednesday, June 2

State Treasurer Tate Reeves, 8 a.m., Bennett Auditorium

Statewide (Boys State) candidate speeches, 11 a.m., Bennett Auditorium

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, 6 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Election results, 7 p.m. Bennett Auditorium

Thursday, June 3

Harold F. Hale Scholarship Presentation, 6:50 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Friday, June 4

Author and philanthropist Sam Haskell, 10 a.m., Bennett Auditorium

Dave Dennis, Republican gubernatorial candidate, 6 p.m.,

Bennett Auditorium

Saturday, June 5

Election of Boys Nation Senators, 8 a.m., Bennett Auditorium

Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m., Bennett Auditorium

Dismissal, 11 a.m.

For more information about Boys State, contact Steve Guyton at 662.719.2456.

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