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CSHS’s Sloan selected to Boys Nation

CSHS’s Sloan selected to Boys Nation
Posted on 07/21/2022

Cole Sloan, an incoming senior at College Station High School, has been selected as one of two Texas senators for the American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 22-29. 

Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism.

Sloan was elected Mayor at Texas Boys State, where he also served as County Delegate, County Chairman, State Delegate and State Party Chairman. American Legion Post 159 in Bryan sponsored Sloan’s week at Texas Boys State, which had 800 participants. 

At College Station High School, Sloan is president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of National Honor Society. His other activities and accomplishments include basketball, golf, Young Men’s Service League, Beloved and Beyond, and Junior Leadership Brazos. A resident of College Station, Sloan hopes to attend Texas A&M University. 

About Boys Nation: 

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 also 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. 

This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represents the finest of nearly 17,000 incoming seniors who attended Boys State programs. Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito. 

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