Clayton Ridge Boys State delegates announced

Front from left are Michael Anderson, Trevor Heying and Austin Behrend; back row, Logan Domeyer, Colin Connelly, Josh Werges and Colten Rastetter. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

Colton Rastetter, son of Thor and Julie Rastetter, and Colin Connelly, son of Chad and Kathy Connelly, have been chosen by Prairie La Porte Post 373 to be delegates to the 75th American Legion Hawkeye Boys State to be held at Camp Dodge, Johnston, from June 15-20.

Logan Domeyer, son of Kim and Terri Domeyer, and Michael Anderson, son of Pastor and Mrs. Shane Anderson of Guttenberg are the alternates for Post 373 in case one or both delegates are unable to attend.

Trevor Heying, son of John and Donna Heying, and Josh Werges, son of Tracy and Cheri Werges of Garnavillo, have been chosen as delegates from Clay-Gar American Legion Post 723 of Garnavillo.

Austin Behrend, son of Michael and Bertha Behrend, is the alternate for Post #723. All seven students are juniors at Clayton Ridge High School.

The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American Government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, America can remain strong and ensure our freedom for future generations.

Hawkeye American Legion Boys State is a unique six-day summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning.  Instead, it focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials.  It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government.  

Being selected to represent their school, community and veterans organization at the Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is an honor and it is hoped they will use the knowledge gained to take an active role in not only Boys State, but society as well.

Upon completing American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, they join alumni of hundreds of thousands, numbering among its ranks judges, lawyers, educators, military leaders, federal, state and local government officials.  Many of these individuals credit their success to the experience gained at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.

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