American Legion Post 134 is excited to announce it will sponsor Central Catholic High School Junior Classmates Langston Kaptur and Connor Mullen at Oregon Boys State in Corvallis. The 2023 program will be held at Oregon State University from June 25th to July 1st.

Only young men with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools are considered. In the selection process, merit and ability are the two
most important factors.

In addition to these attributes, Langston and Connor share much in common. They are members of the Central Catholic High School Mock Trial and Current Events clubs; volunteer at the Children’s Cancer Society and Blanchet House, respectively; and, are respective members of the men’s Varsity Baseball and Golf Teams. Both have interests in political science.

Following graduation Langston plans to attend either an Ivy League school or West Point, and someday would like to intern for a United States senator. Connor has similar aspirations. He wants to study law and enter government service at some point during his career.

Each have family members, who served their country. Langston’s grandfather was held as a hostage when Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and Connor’s great grandfather was a pilot during the Korean War.

Their enrollment fees, or tuition, were paid by Frederock and John Ravin American Legion Post 134.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. Founded in 1935, Boys State is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government. American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

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