Trine to host Hoosier Boys State for fifth year

ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University will host Hoosier Boys State for the fifth year from June 16-21.

The residential program will give nearly 500 recommended high school juniors an opportunity to learn the role of politics in daily living. The weeklong event, "A Week to Shape a Lifetime," is hosted by the American Legion.

This year's event will feature an actual Indiana State of Appeals case. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, a three-judge panel will hear an oral argument in Wood v. State, on appeal from Monroe County. The hearing will be in Fabiani Theatre in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center.

Winston K. Wood is appealing his convictions stemming from a June 2010 boating accident in which two people were killed and one person injured.

The event also includes a speech by Indiana Sen. Dennis Kruse at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, and a visit with James Koutz, Legion national commander. Koutz plans to attend the Boys State governor's inauguration at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.

During the week, the boys will learn how Indiana's government process works by participating in a simulated government setup. As part of the process, boys may opt to campaign for local- to state-level positions. To win an office, delegates will have to interact with their peers and earn votes, compromise and negotiate to get bills passed and follow laws and procedures.

Another highlight of the event is a college fair on Wednesday. Nearly 30 colleges and universities are expected to participate.

The delegates will be supervised and housed in Trine's air-conditioned residential housing.

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