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.,
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.