Sparta student heads to Washington, D.C.

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:50

    SPARTA — Eric Loverro, 17, of Sparta is one of 98 high school student representatives throughout the U.S. chosen to attend The American Legion Boys Nation. He is one of two delegates selected from the state based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at American Legion Boys State. The week-long program introduces the senators to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C. This program is designed to inspire a strong devotion to America while providing a practical view of federal government procedures. Many of the current leaders of the U.S. are Boys Nation Alumni. The American Legion Boys Nation program provides a week of government training in Washington, D.C., comprised of lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical sites. Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a “Senator.” The “Senators” caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Max Baucus.