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-- Donald Alex Porter '12
New Cambria, MO

Press Release

June 22, 2007

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WARRENSBURG, MO -- Two Missouri high school students are scheduled to meet President George W. Bush in the Rose Garden as participants in The American Legion Boys Nation program next month.  The American Legion Boys State of Missouri Boys Nation Committee named Ethan David Pettus Brandt of St. Louis and David William Silverstein of Lake Winnebago as their 2007 delegates to the American Legion Boys Nation program to be held July 20 - 28, 2007 on the campus of Marymount University in Arlington, VA.  Brandt and Silverstein were chosen from the 972 young men who participated in the Missouri Boys State program during the week of June 16 - 23, 2007 at Central Missouri State University.  Brandt will be a senior at Mary Institute Country Day High School during the 2007-08 school year and was sponsored at Missouri Boys State by The American Legion Post 212 – Maryland Heights and Silverstein will be senior at Pembroke Hill High School and was sponsored by Parag Shah in Westport, CT.

Both young men will participate as Senators in a mock congressional system and take a practical approach to the study and operation of our federal government, while participating in events in and around Washington, D.C.  Boys State programs from around the country will send two participants each to the Boys Nation program this year.                          

President George W. Bush has granted an audience in The White House to Boys Nation participants every year since he became President in the year 2000.  The 2007 delegates are tentatively scheduled for a visit to The White House during the program on Friday, July 27th.  All Boys Nation participants are also scheduled to make a visit to Capitol Hill during the week where they will have a chance to meet with members of Congress on Thursday, July 26th.
Two alternates were chosen to represent Missouri in the event that either delegate is unable to attend.  The first alternate is Joshua Travis of Manchester (Parkway South High School) and Taylor Aiken of Springfield (Greenwood Laboratory High School) was chosen second alternate.   The selections for Boys Nation were made by a panel of Missouri Boys State staff members who interviewed each candidate individually. 

Missouri Boys State is a citizenship and leadership training program held annually in June for high school students who have completed their junior year.  Missouri Boys State is sponsored by the Missouri American Legion.  2007 marked the 68th session of the Missouri Boys State program.


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