Boys and Girls State delegates announced

Boys and Girls State delegates announced Vermillion American Legion Post #1 and Legion Auxiliary announce the selection of delegates for Boys and Girls State 2009.  Girls chosen to represent Vermillion are Sarah Day, Steffani Donahoe, Emma Getzin, Lacey Leichtnam, Julie Renner and the alternates were Laura Hansen and Amanda Jacobson.  The boys chosen are Tyler Gutzman, Patrick Haught, Ryan Kost, Earl Kiertzner, Erik Ustad and Micah Rarick.  Micah is being sponsored by the Alsen Legion. These young people have demonstrated very definite leadership skills in their school and community activities and each has earned a scholastic ranking that places them in the upper third of their class.  "During the selection process, all delegates demonstrated outstanding qualifications in character, honesty, service, and initiative," said Ray Hofman, Legion Americanism Officer, "and American Legion Post #1 and Legion Auxiliary are proud to have these young people represent Vermillion at the 2009 Boys and Girls State Session." American Legion Boys and Girls State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students.  It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.  Boys and Girls State has been a program of the American Legion since 1935. South Dakota Boys and Girls State will run from June 1-6 and will be held on the campus of Northern State University for the boys and University of South Dakota for the girls. Donations from the Eagles, Lions, Rotary, Civic Council and Masons have helped sponsor the students. For more information please call Ray Hofman at 624-6457, cell 638-0509 or by emailing,

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