Senior Tariq Thompson recently spoke to a select group of Hudson Senior High School students, as well as School Counselor Jeanine Patsko and Guidance Secretary Shannon Hoose, about his experience through the American Legion Boy’s State Leadership Program. Tariq represented Hudson Senior High School this past summer, which took place at the SUNY Morrisville campus.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

Great job, Tariq! #HudsonHasHeart