(NOTE: ALJBS ACTIVITIES WILL START RAMPING UP IN JANUARY!)
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**