Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 5, 2012
DISHS Boys State, Girls State delegates announced
Deer Isle-Stonington High School announced its 2012 delegates for American Legion Dirigo Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Dirigo Girls State.
Boys State was held at Thomas College in Waterville from June 17-21. The DI-S High School delegate is Drew Siebert, son of Becky Siebert of Deer Isle and Timothy Siebert of Stonington.
The purpose of Boys State is to provide at least 500 Maine high school juniors with the opportunity to participate in a program that supplements their high school courses in government. In this program young men role-play as they learn to campaign for local, county and state offices, and then organize and carry out the functions of the state governments.
Girls State was held at Husson University in Bangor June 17-22. The local delegates are Paige Rollins, daughter of Carmen and Dennis Rollins of Stonington, and Sarah Wilson, daughter of Jennifer Morrow of Deer Isle and Doug Wilson of Little Deer Isle.
Girls State is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship, according to a press release from the school. It is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical attempt to teach the youth of America a love of our country. Its purpose is to provide citizenship training for girls of high school age in every constituent department of the American Legion Auxiliary, to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government.
Island delegates are able to participate through the sponsorship of the American Legion, Rodney Stinson Post #102, the American Legion Auxiliary of Stonington, and the generosity of Bar Harbor Banking & Trust Company.