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Swisher American Legion sponsors boys to Hawkeye State Camp

SWISHER– Boys State is a week-long hands-on experience in the understanding of the democratic form of government, organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government.
Boys State teaches leadership and following others. It is an opportunity to gain pride through elections, solving problems and working as a team. They will learn respect for our government and how our democracy is preserved.
The boys will hear speakers from Legion members, the director of high school athletics and Iowa government leaders. There are 500 delegates from across the state who attend, giving each boy a chance to meet new people and make lifelong friendships.
Swisher American Legion Post No. 671 is sending three boys to Boys State:
Hunter Booth is a junior at College Community/Prairie High School. He runs cross country and does trapshooting. In addition to core classes, he takes dual-credit college credit classes.
Hunter’s parents have six children. His mother works at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City as nurse administrator for mental health and preliminary care. His dad works active duty in the Army in the medical battalion. Hunter is very interested in becoming a commercial pilot in the future.
Preston Carron attends Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids. Students are encouraged to be in lots of activities and assigned a lot of homework. Preston’s mom and dad are both Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. His father is a highly decorated veteran who was also in the Special Forces.
Preston is interested in fine arts. He is in two rock bands and is also a painter. He is currently in trapshooting as well. Preston was a delegate at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders of America and belongs to the Torch and Laurel Honors Society. He plans on working for the Centers for Disease Control and curing worldwide epidemics.
Kailer Nguyen is a junior at College Community/Prairie High School. His interests are trapshooting, precision air rifles and archery. Kailer was born and raised in Iowa by his mom. His dad is Vietnamese and resides in Arlington, Virginia.