WSU to Sponsor Girls and Boys State

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University will host hundreds of high school students selected from across Utah for Girls and Boys State sponsored by the American Legion. Girls State will be held June 6-11 and Boys State from June 13-17.

This is the third year Girls State has convened at the university and the 30th year WSU has been home to Boys State. During the weeklong sessions, students will participate in educational programs designed to help develop leadership and promote civic responsibility in young men and women.

Students who participate are heading into their senior year of high school and will soon be voting.

“Students learn about the rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizens,” said Kari Hofheins, Utah Girls State director. “They form a fictitious state; elect city, county and state officials, and carry out the duties of those offices. The week’s activities include simulated legislative sessions, commission meetings, mock trials and speeches from government officials. Participants walk away with a love of veterans and their service to this country.”

Workshops will cover topics such as launching campaigns and running for office, drafting and debating legislation, public speaking and debate skills and being an active participant of government.  

“Students receive insight regarding the values of citizenship and the Charters of Freedom that represent our American heritage,” said Ken Hoyal, Utah Boys State director. “The Utah curriculum is coordinated with Weber State University and its political science department to provide an enhanced learning environment and academic university credit for participating high school students.”

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