Boys’/Girls’ State

Eight members of the class of 2024 at Old Rochester Regional High School will be attending the Boys’/Girls’ State Convention sponsored by the American Legion’s Florence Eastman Post 280, June 15-21, at Stonehill College in North Easton, MA.

            Boys’ State: The American Legion Florence Eastman Post 280 will be sponsoring Xavier Pateakos. Lawrence DiCara, Esquire, will be sponsoring Wesner Archelus in memory of George White, and Luke Devoe in memory of Jack DeCosta. Lastly, the Machacum Club will be sponsoring Nolan Bushnell.

            Girls’ State: The American Legion Florence Eastman Post 280 will be sponsoring Ella Bartholomew. The Mattapoisett Police Department will sponsor Emily Wyman. Lawrence DiCara will sponsor Caroline Brogioli, in memory of Gerry DeCosta. In addition, the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club will be sponsoring Emerson Gonet.

            To be eligible for Boys’/Girls’ State, a student must be a member of the junior class who has achieved high academic success. Delegates must also show evidence of leadership ability and an interest in the democratic process. At the convention, delegates will study local and state government. They will establish and operate their own cities and towns and state government in miniature. This will include forming two political parties, holding conventions, nominating candidates, conducting campaigns and electing officials. The primary goal of Boys’/ Girls’ State is for attendees to develop a better understanding of how State Government functions.

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