Chas Slimowicz, chair of the Boys State Program for American Legion Harford Post 39 and Harford County of the Department of Maryland, announced the participation and graduation of Kevin Porter and Matthew Martindale from Bel Air High School, Manuel N. Mastromanolis and Farhad M. Siddique from C. Milton Wright High School, Tahir C. Senoussi from Harford Technical High School, Ryan White from Havre de Grace High School and Daniel S. Gorski, Stephen F. Siedlecki and Keenan Kros from Edgewood High School. American Legion Posts 39 in Bel Air, 47 in Havre de Grace, 128 in Aberdeen and 182 in Whiteford sponsored the young men.
The young men graduated from the 2013 Boys State Program in American Government held at Washington College from June 16 to 22. They participated in a weeklong program that teaches upcoming seniors in high school how political parties function, the nomination and election of government officials at the city and state levels, and the writing of legislative bills, the processing of and voting of the bills in the General Assembly. The American Legion sponsors the program in 49 states. This year 182 qualified young men participated in the program from 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. Five "cities" were formed where the young men established governments with charters and elected officials to run the city and state governments.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun