Scholarship Winner Participates in Prestigious Educational Program
Jeffrey Gao, a senior at William Floyd High School, recently spent a week in upstate New York participating in the American Legion’s distinguished Boys State educational program. A well respective and selective program that was founded in 1935, Boys State strives to teach U.S. high school students about the structure of city, county and state governments through participatory instruction.
Gao, an NJROTC cadet, was an American Legion scholarship recipient from the local auxiliary post in Shirley. This provided him with the opportunity to spend a week at SUNY Morrisville in Morrisville, NY, the host of New York State’s American Legion summer gathering. While there, students took part in hands-on activities, which included legislative sessions, court proceedings and attending law enforcement presentations to experience the inner machinations of city, county and state governments. Additional presentations from such New York State politicians as U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, New York State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, rounded out the week.
“You can’t put a price tag on the depth of understanding and insight into state and local government that Boys State provides students,” said Commander Jay Tweed, William Floyd, NJROTC. “This is truly a program that helps to equip our country’s youth with the necessary know-how to become the type of citizens who will always keep their fingers on the pulse of community-based happenings and beyond. It is terrific that a William Floyd student had the opportunity to benefit from this program.”