Agboola elected to Boys State office

The American Legion Boys State announced the election of the 2012 Boys State constitutional officers and Supreme Court justices June 15 at Southwest State University, Marshall.

Seyi Agboola

Seyi Agboola

They included Seyi Agboola (associate justice), the son of Isaac and Charmonica Agboola of Coon Rapids.

He attends Coon Rapids High School and was sponsored by the Coon Rapids American Legion.

Boys State is an annual program in its 64th year sponsored by the American Legion Department of Minnesota.

With nearly 340 high school junior boy in attendance, the program teaches government and leadership through hands-on activities designed to mimic the actual process of state government.

“These young men have been deemed by their peers to possess the highest leadership qualities,” said Mike Bredeck, director of the program.

Elections are a major part of the process at Minnesota Boys State.

Delegates (all high school juniors from hundreds of Minnesota high schools) are assigned one of two fictional, yet functional, political parties and given the opportunity to participate in the city, county and state level election process.

At the end of the week, scholarships and awards are given out to the highest achievers, with the newly elected student governor duties to begin to oversee the program into 2013.

Boys State participants arrived June 10 and stayed through June 16.

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