June 8 2006
Described as "a week to shape a lifetime" by the American Legion Department of Indiana, which sponsors the event, Hoosier Boys State provides delegates a hands-on experience in state and local politics and government.
Participants are assigned to either the Nationalist or Federalist political party and take part in the creation of a mythical 51st state. Delegates will learn about the various aspects of the political process, draw up a platform, adopt caucus rules and nominate candidates for governor and other offices.
Highlights include a primary election and political rallies, debates between gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates, a general election and inauguration of the 2006 Boys State governor.
Along the way, delegates will hear from current elected officials in real life, including Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke; Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth, who is a candidate for U.S. representative; and state Rep. Andy Thomas of Brazil. .
This marks the 37th year Indiana State University has hosted Hoosier Boys State. More than 60,000 young Hoosiers have participated in the program since its inception in 1937. More than a million young men have taken part in Boys State nationwide since it began in Illinois in 1935.
Past Hoosier Boys State participants include Gov. Mitch Daniels; Sen. Richard Lugar; former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton; and Brian Lamb, president of C-SPAN.
Indiana State University will also host Hoosier Girls State June 19 - 25.
Note to newsrooms: Highlights of the week?s activities include political rallies at 8 p.m. Tuesday, followed on Wednesday by a debate at 10 a.m., election at 11 a.m. and inauguration of the Boys State governor and other officials at 8 p.m.
Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana State University will host Hoosier Boys State June 10 - 17. More than 600 delegates from around the state will take part in the program, sponsored by the American Legion Department of Indiana.