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May 29, 2014

Five local boys participating in Boys State

DUNCAN — As they prepare for their senior year in high school, five Stephens County boys are participating in the  annual Oklahoma Boys State program in Ada this week.

 They will learn about government and interact with other boys from around the state during the week-long program sponsored by the American Legion.

“They were expecting 600 plus boys this year,” Ed Lowe with Dobbs-Adams American Legion Post 55 said. “They will have the same teachers as last year. They will study government every morning and have recreation at night.”

Post 55 oversees boys in the Duncan and Empire areas. This year, the post sponsored three boys,  Mason Bivens and Brennon Hancock, both of Duncan, and Tanner Ford of Empire.

 Marlow’s American Legion post sent Nick Yates and Hector Bullock to Boys State this year.

For each boy sent to Boys State, a sponsor pays $175. A sponsor can be an individual or a civic organization.

This year, Dobb-Adams Post 55 intended to send more youths, with nine signed up from the Duncan/Empire area. But many of them dropped out for various reasons, including sports.

In 2012, Post 55 sent five from Duncan and Empire. In 2013, eight boys were sent.

“I knew ahead of time, so it didn’t cost us money to send them,” Lowe said.

He said he is proud of the boys who are participating in this year’s Boys State program, but he is somewhat disappointed more boys couldn’t be involved. He said the boys participating can earn two or three college credits.

The boys will return home on Saturday.

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