Boys, Girls State Applications Due March 1

Nels Lofgren, Adjutant, American Legion Post #13, Buffalo
Nels Lofgren, Adjutant, American Legion Post #13, Buffalo

For those interested in government or satisfying college requirement for a government class, they will have the opportunity to do so this June at Boys State and Girls State.

Applications are available now and the deadline is March 1st, so now is the time for high school juniors to get the applications turned in.

Nels Lofgren, Adjutant for the American Legion Post #13 in Buffalo, explains what Boys State is.

Those 200 boys are split into four communities, Logren said, and they must elect a mayor, city council, sheriff, etc. to run their town, going through the election process, first with the primary and then general election. Afterward, they must run for and elect representatives for county and state offices.

There is no cost to the students, according to Lofgren. Rather, fees and expenses are paid by private donations and through the American Legion posts throughout the state.

Lofgren said the program is something everyone in Wyoming should be proud of.

Boys State will be June 4th through 10th at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, while Girls State will be held June 5th through 11th at Northwest College in Powell.

Applications can be picked up from high school counselors or online at

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