WESTFIELD — The American Legion Post 3 in Westfield is sponsored eight candidates to attend this prestigious Boys State Leadership Conference at Rider University from June 20 – 25.
The boys set up a mock-city, county and state government. The delegates learned about our Democratic form of government. More than 800 delegates attended the conference. The young men were assigned to either the Nationalist Party or to the Patriot Party. They either ran for office or help someone from their party get elected.
The final elections were for Governor and two Senators. These three winners will be sent to the American Legion Boys Nation along with other winning delegates representing each state in America. These young men will have the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.
The boys in the photo, from left to right: Christopher Kraft (sponsored by Re/Max Properties Unlimited), Daniel Fitzpatrick (sponsored by Troop 73 of the Boys Scouts of America), Tobias Kraft (sponsored by Jack Ford and Peter Hogaboom), Joseph Koomar (sponsored by Boys State 2009 alumni parents), Sean Sarra (sponsored by Post 3), Vincent LaRocca (sponsored by Sons Of American Legion Post 3), Timothy Connell (sponsored by Post 3, Jack Ford and Peter Hogaboom, co-chairmen Boys State Post 3). Brandon Deger, not shown in photo, was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 688.
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