The programs will be held concurrently on the NSU campus. Approximately 400 Boys State delegates and 550 Girls State delegates are expected to participate.
Participants in each program are divided into groups and elect mock municipal officials and representative to a mock state legislature. They also elect state officials who meet to hold elections and pass bills in a manner similar to the actual Louisiana legislature. The program is intended to teach high-achieving students to be informed citizens while developing a sense of community, service and responsibility.
“We are honored to again host this outstanding group of students at Northwestern State,” said University President Dr. Randall J. Webb. “Their experiences during the next week will be truly formative as they prepare to become future leaders in our state and nation.”
Louisiana Boys State began in 1940, followed by Louisiana Girls State in 1941. Northwestern State has hosted the event since 2007. Delegates are sponsored by an American Legion Post, local business or community-based organization. The delegates will utilize several residence halls and university buildings throughout the NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts campuses. Boys and Girls State staff and counselors will be arriving throughout the week in preparation for the citizens’ arrival and convocation Sunday.