The American Legion Mt. Diablo Post 246 has selected 14 students in the San Ramon Valley for its 2021 Boys and Girls State delegation, offering local students the opportunity to learn and become the leaders of tomorrow.
This select group of students will spend a week in June virtually meeting other delegates from across the state to engage with one another and learn about running for elected offices, developing party platforms, writing and debating legislation, prosecuting cases, hearing from distinguished speakers and engaging in other leadership development activities.
"The American Legion Boys State and Girls State programs are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students. These are immersive, participatory programs in which students become part of the operation of city, county and state government," American Legion officials said in a statement.
"Both programs are committed to preserving our republic, democracy, liberty and justice by supporting and investing in our next generation of leaders and citizens," they added.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year programs will be held virtually, but organizers say will encompass most all aspects of the live in-residence program.
The San Ramon Valley Girls State Delegates (78th session) include:
* Hollis Carey, the Athenian School
* Evelyn Ramos, California High School
* Pujitha Nachuri, Dougherty Valley High School
* Michelle Chen, Monte Vista High School
* Evelyn Howard, San Ramon Valley High School
The San Ramon Valley Boys State Delegates (86th session) include:
* Chad McElroy, the Athenian School
* Jake Okwubanego, the Athenian School
* Ethan Arnold, Athenian High School
* Armin Bozorgi, California High School
* Matthew Jao, Dougherty Valley High School
* Jonathan Ng, Dougherty Valley High School
* Aidan Nichols, San Ramon Valley High School
* Dylan Purandare, San Ramon Valley High School
* Andrew Howard, San Ramon Valley High School
"Since Boys State and Girls State began, a significant number of its graduates have been elected to public office, including presidents, congressmen, state governors and state legislators, county and municipal offices, as well as become leaders in the fields of medicine, law, arts, science, engineering, technology, professional sports and the entertainment industry," American Legion officials said.
Residents can learn more about the program online at www.boysstatecalifornia.org.