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Students selected to attend Boys State


Lampasas High School students, front row from left, Paul Peralta, Robert Madden Jr., Logan Sneed, Calum Folks, Kirby Berry, Kyle Sims and Garrett McGuire have been chosen to attend the 2017 American Legion Boys State. Also pictured, back row from left, are Boys State sponsor representatives Kirk Whitehead of Jim Hoffpauir Inc., Sue Ann Parsons of First State Bank of Burnet, Kelvin Barkowsky of First Texas Bank, Jack Calvert and Jim Anderson of American Legion Post 277, Bill Crawford of Guyco, James Briggs of American Legion Post 277 and Dr. Vanna Gold of Family Medicine Clinic, along with Lampasas High School Principal Mark Kehoe. Isom Veterinary Hospital (no representative pictured) also is a Boys State sponsor. 
DEREK MOY | DISPATCH RECORD Lampasas High School students, front row from left, Paul Peralta, Robert Madden Jr., Logan Sneed, Calum Folks, Kirby Berry, Kyle Sims and Garrett McGuire have been chosen to attend the 2017 American Legion Boys State. Also pictured, back row from left, are Boys State sponsor representatives Kirk Whitehead of Jim Hoffpauir Inc., Sue Ann Parsons of First State Bank of Burnet, Kelvin Barkowsky of First Texas Bank, Jack Calvert and Jim Anderson of American Legion Post 277, Bill Crawford of Guyco, James Briggs of American Legion Post 277 and Dr. Vanna Gold of Family Medicine Clinic, along with Lampasas High School Principal Mark Kehoe. Isom Veterinary Hospital (no representative pictured) also is a Boys State sponsor. DEREK MOY | DISPATCH RECORD American Legion Post 277 of Lampasas has selected seven Lampasas High School students to attend the 2017 American Legion Boys State.

The citizenship and government program will be June 11-16 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Students chosen to represent Lampasas are Kirby Berry, son of Van and Dayna Berry; Calum Folks, son of Eric and Jordan Folks; Robert Madden Jr., son of Robert Sr. and Sherry Madden; Garrett McGuire, son of Wes and Marie McGuire; Paul Peralta, son of Pat Stella and Douglas Kincheloe; Kyle Sims, son of Van and Becky Sims; and Logan Sneed, son of Jeff and Tricia Sneed.

Texas Boys State, according to its website, advocates a "learn by doing" approach to supplementing high school civics instruction, as participants organize their own city, county and state governments.

Boys State citizens also choose their own officials in accordance with regular election procedures, and they learn the duties of the various city, county and state officers. In addition, Boys State participants introduce and argue their own bills in a legislature.

"The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government," Post 277 Commander James Briggs said.

A press release about Boys State added that by teaching youth "to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished and long-standing objectives of the American Legion Boys State."

Sponsors for the 2017 Boys State are First State Bank of Burnet, Jim Hoffpauir Inc., First Texas Bank, Family Medicine Clinic, Guyco, Isom Veterinary Hospital and American Legion Post 277.

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