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Jonathan Gold selected for American Legion Boys Nation

From William A. Proffet

Jonathan Gold, an incoming senior at Adair County High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 22-29, 2022.

Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Gold was elected Lieutenant Governor during his week at Kentucky Boys State.

At Adair County High School, Gold has served as student representative on the Adair County Board of Education and junior class officer. His other activities and accomplishments include cross country, track and field, PADI advanced open water diver, Kentucky United Nations Assembly ambassador, honor roll, and academic achievement awards. Gold hopes to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.


During their eight days at American Legion Boys Nation, 100 "senators" will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.

The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and meet with their state's U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the White House as well. In addition, delegates will attend a dinner at a nearby American Legion post hosted by National Commander Paul E. Dillard of Texas.

This year's crop of Boys Nation senators represents the finest of nearly 17,000 incoming seniors who attended Boys State programs. Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito.


This story was posted on 2022-07-13 11:27:40
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