Detachment of New Jersey
Boys State Committee

Rob Lasky, Chairman

Updated August 4, 2017

 

NJ Boys State Logo

 

 MEET THE 2017 DELEGATES!

Stephen Fisher and Anthony Le Saux

The two recipients of the William H. Breen Memorial Boys State Scholarship have been selected!  This year, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties are represented thanks to the assistance of the two County Boys State Chairmen Walter Zjawin and Victor Wnorowski, respectively.  Thanks to their recruiting efforts, two outstanding and deserving candidates were selected to represent the Detachment at ALJBS, and I have no doubt that they will do so valiantly.

Our first delegate, Stephen Fisher, hails from Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, and attends the Marine Academy of Science and Technology in Highlands.  He volunteers regularly at St. Leo the Great Church and for his local Relay For Life. In addition to his volunteer activities, he is a member of the physics team, TSA, Key Club and plays for the Monmouth Regional High School Varsity football team.

Our second delegate, Anthony LeSaux, lives in Edison, Middlesex County and attends St. Joseph High School in Metuchen. He is a three-year varsity lacrosse player and studies physics and math.  In his spare time, he volunteers as a peer mentor and at the NJ State Veteran’s Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison.  He has aspirations to join the Marines following in the footsteps of his grandfather and two of his uncles.

 

PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THESE TWO DESERVING DELEGATES TO AMERICAN LEGION JERSEY BOYS STATE!!!!

 

It’s been an exciting year for the Boys State Committee.  I spent numerous hours searching for two young men for our annual Boys State scholarships.  Along with my recruiting duties for the Detachment, I’ve been heavily involved in recruitment for my home Post 455 in New Egypt, Ocean County and in preparation activities for the 72nd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State coordinating the county orientation schedules, presenting at three orientations, and being part of the planning through emails, phone conferences and meetings.  Even though Boys State is only one week, for some of the senior staff, it’s a year-long effort and I am proud to be part of it.  As of today, among former statesmen, legionnaires and friends of the program, I am happy to report that we have over thirty SAL members on the all-volunteer staff and many long-time staff members are joining the SAL every year!


 

 

**QUICK UPDATE: GOVERNOR CHRISTIE SIGNED THE BILL INTO LAW JAN. 19TH, 2016**

BREAKING NEWS!

 

AMERICAN LEGION JERSEY BOYS STATE
“A WEEK THAT SHAPES THE FUTURE”
Sponsored by THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY
JUNE 19-24, 2016
; RIDER UNIVERSITY, Lawrenceville, NJ
www.ALJBS.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: David S. Bagatelle, Director
January 11, 2016
director@aljbs.org, 646-408-1032
N.J. Legislature Passes Jersey Boys and Girls State College Credit Bill
Assembly Votes 73-0-1 in Favor of Bill and Senate Votes 38-0 Bill Now Awaits Signature from Governor Chris Christie (ALJBS ’79)
TRENTON, NJ—Today, the New Jersey Legislature voted for final passage of the Jersey Boys State and Girls State College Credit Bill. This legislation  permits institutions of higher learning to grant up to three college credits to high school students who successfully complete the American Legion Jersey Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Jersey Girls State program.”
 
“I applaud the New Jersey Legislature for passing the Jersey Boys and Girls State College Credit Bill. This legislation recognizes the importance of educating New Jersey’s youth so that each student participating in American Legion Jersey Boys State or Auxiliary Jersey Girls State program may become a citizen leader dedicated to service, respect, and Americanism,” said David Bagatelle, Director of Jersey Boys State.
 
Following the Governor’s signature, each student participant will be eligible to receive up to three college credits for their completion of these college-level programs. ”The bill passed the General Assembly today by a vote of 73-0-1. The Senate voted in 2014 by a vote of 38-0. The bill now awaits signature of Governor Chris Christie, ALJBS class of 1979 and Boys Nation Senator
 
About American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS):
In its 71st year, ALJBS is a week-long experience that educates and motivates New Jersey’s youth so that each statesman may become
a citizen leader dedicated to service, respect, and Americanism. Together, the delegates form the mythical “51st” state of the union each year, where they elect their own local, state, and national representatives. Activities at ALJBS include legislative sessions, general assemblies, court proceedings, athletics, band, and career seminars, among many others. All expenses associated with attending ALJBS are typically donated by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business, or a community-based organization. To learn more, please visit aljbs.org.
 
American Legion Jersey Boys State will be held in 2018 as usual at Rider University in Lawrenceville from Sunday June 17th through Friday, June 22nd with staff reporting on Saturday, June 16th.
 
REPORT FILED August 4, 2017
ROB LASKY (ALJBS '84)
SAL DETACHMENT OF NJ BOYS STATE CHAIRMAN
ALJBS DEAN OF ADMINISTRATION
E-MAIL: office@aljbs.org