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Guerrero graduates from Texas American Legion Boys State
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Rene Guerrero
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Austin ­— The American Legion, Department of Texas announced June 11 that Rene Guerrero of A.C. Jones High School has graduated from Texas American Legion Boys State.

Guerrero was one of 700 future leaders who assembled for the prestigious program and spent a week at The University of Texas learning about government.

Begun in 1935, Boys State is a unique program that educates future leaders about government, civics and patriotism in a “learn by doing” environment. Each delegate has just finished his junior year of high school and was hand-picked by teachers, counselors and local American Legion posts throughout Texas.

During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of Nationalists and Federalists and drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary, and contested a general election against the rival party. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county and city offices. The highlight of the week for those elected to the Texas American Legion Boys State House and Senate was when they were seated in the chambers of the Texas Capitol and allowed to craft, debate and vote on mock legislation.

This year, the delegates heard from more than 50 distinguished speakers, ranging from Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams and former NFL star Dan Neil to former Vietnam POWs Dave Carey and Ken Wallingford. Other keynote speakers were former CIA officers Jim Olsen and Will Hurd, as well as noted national speaker Lewis Timberlake.

Texas American Legion Boys State concluded Friday, June 11, with a morning parade from the UT campus to the Texas Capitol. After the parade, the delegates toured the Capitol, visited the offices of their state senators and representatives and were addressed by Rep. Patrick Rose.
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