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Empire Girls State is a hands-on week-long educational workshop, focusing on Americanism and the political process, sponsored by the New York State American Legion Auxiliary. The goal of the program is to help students to better understand democratic ideals and the part we as individuals play in carrying out these ideals. This program, which has been accredited by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) is a non-partisan attempt to teach high school junior girls about government, politics, and Americanism.

Qualified high school juniors are selected to become citizens of and participate in creating a mythical 51st State, from the county to the state level. This mythical 51st state is divided into 11 counties, each named after famous women and the citizens, assigned to either the Nationalist or Federalist Party, experience the two party system, much like our Government. Their rigorous schedule includes participating in political campaigns, debates, and crafting bills. As the government begins to take shape, these young women come to understand their roles in a democratic society.


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Post Commander Presents Certificate to Girls State Recipient

​Grenna Jung

as ​her mother Mrs, Jung watches

Post 316  Commander Joseph Occhipinti

Edwin Ocaiso attends  Mosignor Farrell High School

Post 316 Boy's State Chairman William Baumwoll

Colleen Connors attends Notra Dame Academy High School

Former Boys & Girls State Candidates
YEARNAMESCHOOL
2010Jordan StarkMonsignor Farrell H.S.
2011Joshua RobertsMonsignor Farrell H.S.
2012Andrew PsomasMonsignor Farrell H.S.
2013Thomas CurryMonsignor Farrell H.S.
2014Richard WhalenSt. Joseph By the Sea H.S.
2014Andrea la PointSt. Josephs Hill H.S.
2015Edwin J OccasioMonsignor Farrell H.S.
2015Colleen ConnorsNotre Dame Academy
2016Christian MartinezSt. Peters H.S.
2016Greena JungPeter Stuyvesant
2017Mennat MohamedCollege of S.I.
2017Emily JaenickiNew Dorp H.S.
2017Justin GulinoMonsignor  Farrell H.S.
2017Hans HarburgMonsignor Farrell H.S.















Represented the Kells - Grennie Post 316

2016 Girls State Representative

Grenna Jung  

Grenna tells the Post 316 members of her 

experiences at Girls State

Mr. & Mrs Ocaiso and Son Edwin Ocaiso

Mr. & Mrs Connors and Daughter Colleen Connors

Boys State & Girls State Candidates for 2015​​


​American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post. 


American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.​


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Last Update

​September 22, 2017