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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Christopher Brown, an incoming senior at Ketchikan High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C., area July 20-27.
Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism, according to a press release. Brown has held the positions of recorder of the House and attorney general at Alaska Boys State.
During his eight days at Boys Nation, 98 senators will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Boys are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices. Those offices include Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders, according to the prepared statement.
Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level, the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.
The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators, the press release stated.
They might have the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and the White House, as well. In addition, delegates will visit the American Legion’s Washington office to meet with lobbyists and subject matter experts, and attend a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.
In Ketchikan, Brown has had active involvement in football, basketball and the Kayhi Debate, Drama and Forensics team. He is currently the student body association president and the school board student representative. He is a resident of Ketchikan and plans to attend Pomona College. Brown aspires to become a humanitarian aid worker.
Brown will be joined by David Starz of A.J. Diamond High School in representing Alaska at Boys’ Nation.
This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the nearly 20,000 incoming seniors who attended the 49 annual Boys State programs.