Five SAHS students selected for Minnesota Boys and Girls State

April 26, 2018

Five Stillwater Area High School juniors have been selected as delegates for Minnesota Boys and Girls State. Jack Batterton, Abdul Mohamed and Emanuel Kassie were chosen, as well as, Torianna Eckles and Erin Wurgler. The programs are sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. The intensive week-long program teaches students how government works, while developing leadership skills through real-world activities.

Nearly 800 students from across the state will participate in the two events, which will take place in June. Participants will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government a the local, county and state levels. Each student is a member of a political party and will hold a government office or become a member of the House or Senate.

The events begin with instruction in city government, electing city officials and organizing their city government. Next is the county, followed by the state. At each level the "citizens" learn the election process and the actually elect, organize and carry on the business of government. They participate in precinct caucuses through state conventions to learn political process. Highlights of the week include campaigning, elections, Inauguration of the Girls and Boys State Governor and State Constitutional Officers, debating bills in legislative sessions held in the House and Senate Chambers and conducting Mock Trials in the Judicial Center at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.