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American Legion Recognizes Whitman Students

Our own Carlo Giordano, 1st Vice Commander for Greenlawn Post 1244, stands with Whitman students (top left to right) Connor Rankel, Nick DeGaetano, Colby Goldsmith, (bottom left to right) Samantha Carey, and Priya Katwala who were selected to attend the Boys and Girls State programs this summer.   thumbnail133072
Our own Carlo Giordano, 1st Vice Commander for Greenlawn Post 1244, stands with Whitman students (top left to right) Connor Rankel, Nick DeGaetano, Colby Goldsmith, (bottom left to right) Samantha Carey, and Priya Katwala who were selected to attend the Boys and Girls State programs this summer.
Thank you to Charlie Armstrong and the entire Greenlawn Post 1244 for selecting our Whitman students to be a part of such an invaluable experience.  thumbnail133057
Thank you to Charlie Armstrong and the entire Greenlawn Post 1244 for selecting our Whitman students to be a part of such an invaluable experience.
New York State Assemblyman Steve Stern came to acknowledge those students and commended them for their participation and interest in government operations and policies.  thumbnail133058
New York State Assemblyman Steve Stern came to acknowledge those students and commended them for their participation and interest in government operations and policies.
Among the evening’s dignitaries were Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Joan Cergol, all there to congratulate this group of dedicated young leaders.    thumbnail133079
Among the evening’s dignitaries were Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Joan Cergol, all there to congratulate this group of dedicated young leaders.

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Nicholas DeGaetano, Connor Rankel, Colby Goldsmith, Priya Katwala, and Samantha Carey who were selected by the American Legion to participate in the Boys and Girls State programs, recognizing emerging young leaders throughout the nation. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935, offering the youth a better perspective of the practical operations of government. Similarly, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State is among the most respected education programs of government instruction for high school students.
Our students who attended the Boys and Girls State programs were invited to share their experiences at the Knights of Columbus in Greenlawn in front of their families and local dignitaries. Participants in both programs became a part of the operation of their local, county and state government. 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.
The American Legion aims to instill a sense of individual obligation to their community, state, and nation in these students, and to charge them with the safeguarding of the principles of America – Justice, Freedom and Democracy. Thank you to Mr. Charlie Armstrong and his team from The American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for continuing to make this program possible.

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