Andover student heads to American Legion Boys Nation

Simeon Walker Toronto, 18, of Andover is one of 98 high school student representatives throughout the U.S. chosen to attend The American Legion Boys Nation.

Simeon Walker Toronto

Simeon Walker Toronto

He is one of two delegates selected from Minnesota based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at the American Legion Boys State.

Toronto is a senior at Andover High School.

The week-long program introduces the students to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.

The program will take place at Marymount University, Arlington, Va., with daily trips to Washington, D.C., July 19-26.

The program is designed to inspire a strong devotion to the nation while providing a practical view of federal government procedures. Many of current U.S. leaders are Boys Nation alumni.

Valuable experience of the political process is gained through the organization of party conventions, the introduction and debate on bills and resolutions and the election of an American Legion Boys Nation president and vice president.

Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a “senator.” The senators caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate.

In addition, federal legislators and representatives of national distinction participate in the activities at The American Legion Boys Nation program. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Max Baucus from Montana.

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