Detachment of New Jersey
Boys State Committee

Rob Lasky, Chairman

Updated July 2, 2016

 

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2016 WILLIAM H. BREEN MEMORIAL ALJBS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

2016 ALJBS Detachment Delegates

(From L. to R.) Detachment Boys State Chairman, Rob Lasky, Jeremy Masanque, Zach Landi, PNVCE, PDC,  & Natl. Historian Tom Marsden

 MEET THE 2016 DELEGATES!

Our first delegate, Jeremy Masanque, hails from East Windsor, attends Notre Dame High School in Lawrence Township and was originally recruited through the Lawrenceville American Legion Post 414.  He volunteers regularly at Zaffarese Physical Therapy and takes part in many volunteer opportunities at his school. In the fall he runs cross country and has been selected in both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He enjoys traveling and had the opportunity of visiting seven countries in Europe last summer: England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland! At ALJBS, Jeremy won his party's primary for City Councilman and was given a city appointment to the Board of Ed.

Our second delegate, Zachary Landi, lives in Hamilton and also attends Notre Dame High School in Lawrence Township and was originally recruited through the Lawrenceville American Legion Post 414. He plays strong-side linebacker for Notre Dame Football since his freshman year being named on the “All-Conference Team” and was awarded “Outstanding Underclassman” by his coaches. Additionally, he holds a black belt in karate, is the Co-President of the Catholic Athletes For Christ and was inducted into the Italian Honors Society during his sophomore year. He also mentors younger football players for his local Pop Warner League. At ALJBS, not surprisingly, Zach won one of the first elections as his city's Athletic Director, and was appointed as his city's Director of Public Safety.

 

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 Boys State scholarship.  Along with my recruiting duties for the Detachment, I’ve been heavily involved in activities for the 71st session of American Legion Jersey Boys State coordinating the county orientation schedules, presenting at two 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 2017 as usual at Rider University in Lawrenceville from Sunday June 18th through Friday, June 23rd with staff reporting on Saturday, June 17th.
 
REPORT FILED July 2, 2016
ROB LASKY (ALJBS '84)
SAL DETACHMENT OF NJ BOYS STATE CHAIRMAN
ALJBS DEAN OF ADMINISTRATION
E-MAIL: office@aljbs.org