By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
American Legion sends Ceres teens to Boys & Girls State
Boys State
The teenagers in the back row were selected to attend Boys State and Girls State respectively. In back row are, from left to right, Arturo Lopez, Nada Abdo, Isaac Leon, Emanuel Alvarez and Jaime Alvarado. Not pictured is Julia Ramsey. In the front are Terry Snow, the Ceres American Legion Auxiliary Post 491 president; Steve Whitney, commander of Ceres American Legion Post 491; and Walt Butler, the Ceres American Legion Post 491 adjutant and Boys State chairman. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The Ceres post of the American Legion have selected a number of high school students to participate in the 2015 Boys & Girls Golden State as delegates.

Arturo Lopez, Nada Abdo and Isaac Leon, all of Ceres High School, and Emanuel Alvarez and Julia Ramsey, both of Central Valley High School will participate in the American Legion's Boys and Girls Golden State, a participatory program in which students become part of mock operations of local, county and state government. Jaime Alvarado is an alternative.

High school boys and girls compete for selection through their school and Legion criteria.

The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments.

Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys and Girls State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs. All expenses for the program delegates are covered by the Ceres post of the American Legion.

Some 25,000 boys attend Boys State in their respective states each year. Past Boys State graduates include President Bill Clinton, Garth Brooks and Jon Bon Jovi.