Will Nelson chosen for American Legion Boys Nation

The event is July 22-29 in Washington.

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Will Nelson, an incoming senior at Jamestown High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 22-29.

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Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Nelson was elected attorney general at North Dakota Boys State. American Legion Post 14 in Jamestown sponsored Nelson’s week at North Dakota Boys State, which had 62 participants.

At Jamestown High School, Nelson is executive president of the student council after serving three terms as class president. He is a DECA state champion and he served as a U.S. Senate page at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. His other activities include National Honor Society, Academic Olympics, speech, football and swimming.

During their eight days at American Legion Boys Nation, 100 “senators” will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men 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, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. 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 present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and meet with their state’s U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the White House as well. In addition, delegates will attend a dinner at a nearby American Legion post hosted by National Commander Paul E. Dillard of Texas.

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