Archive for Thursday, February 23, 2006

Legion offers program scholarships

February 23, 2006

Lansing Memorial American Legion Post 411 is working with Lansing High School counselors to emphasize American Legion programs available to high school juniors this summer.

In the past, there have been insufficient applicants from Lansing High School, post representatives said, and the Lansing Legion accepted applicants from Leavenworth and Pleasant Ridge in order to use the money available to cover attendance at the programs.

There are three programs available to consider:

¢ Boys State: The next session of Boys State runs June 11-17. This is the 69th yearly session and its 15th year at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The deadline for application is March 31. The Legion hopes for at least four applicants from LHS. Cost to attend Boys State is $250, with the Legion Post covering $220 and the family paying $30. Information is available at ksamlegion.org by selecting "Programs."

¢ Girls State: The program is sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary. The Lansing Post does not have an Auxiliary Unit but plans to send three applicants this year. Applicants will be sponsored by the Leavenworth Post 23 Auxiliary Unit. The next session of Girls State runs June 4-9 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Information can be obtained by visiting ksgirlsstate.org. There is no expense to the family for attendance.

¢ Cadet Law Enforcement Academy: The next session runs June 4-9 at the Highway Patrol Training Center in Salina. The program is open to boys and girls who have an interest in law enforcement. To qualify for the Academy, applicants must be high school juniors, in good physical condition and must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and be physically able to participate in all activities. Qualified instructors from the Highway Patrol, KBI, FBI and other law enforcement agencies are used throughout the week of instruction. The cost to attend is covered by American Legion with the support of local sponsors. Applications must be received by March 1.

Applications can be picked up at the high school counselor's office or by contacting the post adjutant, A. C. Byrd, at 727-1472.

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