On Monday, September 4, 2023, four local High School seniors were honored at the Al Krietemeyer American Legion Post 284, in Belleview for participating in this years, The American Legion, Boys State at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
The four seniors that participated in the week long event, that went from Sunday, June 18, 2023 to Saturday, June 24, 2023 are Victor Nygard from Lake Weir High School, Ganesh Naraisan and Ryden Bonnell, both of Belleview High School, along with Brayden Hawk of North Marion High School, each participant was presented with a medal.
Darcy Bockman-Wright, the District 4 Vice Commander and District 4 Boys State Chair, with the American Legion, also attended the Boys State experience, which gives her the honor of being the only female counselor to ever have the opportunity to participate in Boys State. Darcy spoke of how special these boys are. She told them that the best lessons will be learned through failure. Darcy said “these boys worked so hard, they earned a place in my heart”.
After Darcy’s emotional speech, each of the seniors told about their individual journey at Boys State. Ganesh Naraison, explained that the program is a great way to get to know people and make connections. All four boys made it clear that sleep was at a minimum, but they worked hard and learned a lot.
“These Boys Worked So Hard”
Darcy Bockman-Wright congratulates Ryden Bonnell of Belleview High School for his hard work.
Honored At American Legion
Bruce Gonseth, awards Brayden Hawk, a senior at North Mason , with a honorary metal.
Darcy Bockman-Wright, the District 4 Vice Commander and District 4 Boys State Chair, with the American Legion thanks Ganesh Naraison a senior at Belleview High School, who received a medal in honor participating in Boys State, a program to educate seniors on the governmental process of forming a state at the FSU Campus.
The Honorees Of Boys State
On Monday, September 4, 2023, at the Al Krietemeyer American Legion Post 284 in Belleview, from left, Brayden Hawk, Ryden Bonnell, Ganesh Naraisan and Victor Nygard are honored for participating in The American Legion, Boys State In Tallahassee at the FSU Campus last June.