Hoosier Boys State runs June 9 - 16

June 6 2007

More than 600 boys from throughout Indiana will get a hands-on experience in government and politics - plus a glimpse at the judicial process - during Hoosier Boys State, June 9 - 16 at Indiana State University.

Sponsored by the American Legion Department of Indiana, Hoosier Boys State assigns delegates to either the Nationalist or Federal political party. They form a mythical 51st state and learn about the various aspects of the political process as they draw up party platforms, adopt caucus rules and nominate candidates for governor and other state and county offices.

This year’s delegates will also sit it on an actual Indiana Supreme Court hearing. Justices will hear oral arguments in an appeal of a 1993 murder conviction in Lake County. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in ISU’s Tilson Auditorium.

U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth and Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke will address the delegates at 8 p.m. Saturday, also in Tilson.

Other highlights of the “week to change a lifetime,” as the Legion describes the event, include political rallies at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and a debate by candidates for governor and lieutenant governor at 10 a.m. Wednesday. An election will immediately follow the debates and winning candidates will be sworn in at 8 p.m.

This marks the 38th 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 one million young men have taken part in Boys State nationwide since it began in Illinois in 1935.

Indiana State University will host Hoosier Girls State June 17-23.

Note to newsrooms: Media representatives wishing to cover the Indiana Supreme Court hearing should contact David Remondini, deputy chief executive director, Indiana Courts, (317) 233-8684 or dremondi@courts.state.in.us

Contacts for Hoosier Boys State: Susan Long, Americanism coordinator, American Legion Department of Indiana, (317) 630-1264 or slong@indlegion.org; Bill Jackson, director, Hoosier Boys State, jacksonb@greenwood.in.gov. From June 7-16, Boys State officials may be reached at (812) 237-8121.

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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More than 600 boys from throughout Indiana will get a hands-on experience in government and politics • plus a glimpse at the judicial process • during Hoosier Boys State, June 9 - 16.

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