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NSU Hosts Louisiana Boys State

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5)--Louisiana Boys State is going on this week at Northwestern State in Natchitoches.  Each year the American Legion nominates and interviews young men from across the state to send to the leadership program. 

Some consider a trip to Boys State a prestigious opportunity

"It's amazing the leadership and the roles that they've played in their community and was amazing to be surrounded it's an honor to be surrounded by men like that," Boys State citizen Hayden Kingfisher said.

First-time participants are called citizens. They participate in activities to develop leadership and public speaking skills as well as learn more about the government.

"It's definitely been something that I've learned a lot from I'm actually in the senate and I've learned a lot about amendments and movements and petitions and everything like that it's amazing," said counselor Edward White.

Edward White was once a citizen and now returns to Boys State as a counselor.

"You're just striving to light a fire within them and you're hoping that that fire doesn't go out that it remains with them for the rest of their life.that'ss our goal as counselors here at boys state," White said.

Boys State impacts everyone in different ways. The leadership program develops skills that will benefit these young men for the rest of their lives. 

These attributes are in the citizens already they just don't..it just hasn't been tapped into yet. This program helps them find that and muster the courage to bring that out of them and be the best man that they can be.

David has spent nine years with the program. But he says seeing the citizens grow as young men never gets old.

"It starts to gradually build. It's a really powerful thing that's my favorite part of it to see that they get it's clicked and we've done our job," David said.

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