By Robert A. Ferrebee
American Legion Post 41 of Berryville sent eight delegates to the 69th Session of Virginia American Legion Boys State. Boys State was held on June 19-25, 2011, at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. Over 700 young men from all parts of Virginia participated in this year’s American Legion Boys State.
Post 41’s eight delegates were: Daniel Judge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Judge; Conor Mettenburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Mettenburg; Jessie Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Beach; Cory Russman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Russman; Alex Sefton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sefton; Elliot Symonds, son of Ms. Claire Oliver; Peter Levi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Levi; and Ian Cochran, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Cochran. They were selected by American Legion Post 41 based on leadership, character, scholarship, and service to their school and community. All expenses were paid by Post 41.
Seven of these young men will be seniors at Clarke County High School in September. Ian Cochran, whose parents are both members of Post 41, will be a senior at Randolph-Macon Academy this fall. Ian was sponsored by Front Royal Post 53.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. It is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county, and state government. At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county, and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses, and recreational programs.
Since 1939, American Legion Post 41 has sent at least one local high school student to Virginia American Legion Boys State. American Legion Boys State did not operate during the war years 1942-1945.