American Legion Mountaineer Boys State returns for 82nd annual leadership academy

By  | 

LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- A week-long program that encourages high schoolers to get involved with government returned Monday.

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State returned to WVU Jackson's Mill.

Monday marked the first day for the camp. It's been a program of The American Legion since 1935.

Rising high school seniors learn about the role citizens play in government. Students are elected to various offices while at the camp and hear from notable speakers.

Monday's lunch speaker was West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

"I think we have an incredible future when we see the talent that gets together here at Boys State," Morrisey said. "I've been pleased every year - it's one of the highlights of the year for me. It's a way to send a message that there's going to be a bright future in our state."

Around 350 students are in attendance at this year's program.