South Huntington

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American Legion Recognizes

Boys & Girls State Students

Alyssa Katwala presenting at the American Legion

We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Liam Villanti, Owen Connolly, Kevin Rankel, Jordan Henkel, Liam Curtin, Ryan Rowe, Alyssa Katwala, and Kristy Chillemi 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 educational 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 governments. 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.

Mr. Charlie Armstrong (left) of the American Legion Post 1244, alongside proud parents and administrators, congratulated Walt Whitman’s students who participated in this year’s Boys and Girls State programs.

This year’s participants, including senior Alyssa Katwala pictured above, shared their experiences from the program at the Knights of Columbus in Greenlawn.

Local dignitaries, including (right to left) Legislator Tom Donnelly, Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman, Councilwoman Joan Cergol, Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, and Councilman Edmund Smyth, joined in recognizing our students at the evening ceremony.

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