The two recipients of the William H. Breen Memorial Boys State Scholarship have been selected. This year, Morris and Ocean Counties are represented. Thanks to two counties’ 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, Anish Balamurali, hails from Parsippany, Morris County, and attends Parsippany High School and was originally recruited by Post 249 also from Parsippany, Morris County. His hobbies include music, art, and athletics. Outside of school, he plays piano and has attended two competitions. He plays clarinet for his high school’s marching band. His school sports include swimming in the winter and tennis in the spring. He has aspirations to enter the medical field in the discipline of neuroscience.
Our second delegate, James Buba, lives in Allentown, Monmouth County and attends Allentown High School and was originally recruited by Post 455 in New Egypt, Ocean County. He plays soccer for both his school and club. He is part of the National Honor Society and Science Honor Society. He is a tutor at his school for both math and science. Every year, he participates in the New Egypt Relay-For-Life as a co-captain. He volunteers at St. Raphael’s School in Hamilton, Mercer County helping students with their homework. One of his hobbies is weightlifting. He has aspirations of becoming an Orthodontist – his dream job.
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 73rd 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 S.A.L. members on the all-volunteer staff and many long-time staff members are joining the S.A.L. every year!
American Legion Jersey Boys State will be held in 2019 as usual at Rider University in Lawrenceville from Sunday, June 16th through Friday, June 21st with staff reporting on Saturday, June 15th. The two counties that we will recruit from in 2019 will be Passaic and Salem.
**QUICK UPDATE: ALJBS Staff is working with the state universities and colleges throughout NJ to get the college credit implemented.
Each university/college must accept the college credit individually and it takes time. Stay tuned to: www.aljbs.org for updates of
all institutions that have implemented the credits. **
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: David S. Bagatelle, Director
January 11, 2016
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 was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie, ALJBS class of 1979 and Boys Nation Senator shortly following the legislature's passing of this law.
About American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS):
In its 74th 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 www.aljbs.org
American Legion Jersey Boys State will be held in 2019 as usual at Rider University in Lawrenceville from Sunday June 16th through Friday, June 21st with staff reporting on Saturday, June 15th.
REPORT FILED September 3, 2018
ROB LASKY (ALJBS '84)
S.A.L. DETACHMENT OF NJ ADJUTANT AND BOYS STATE CHAIRMAN
ALJBS DEAN OF ADMINISTRATION EMERITUS