SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University is hosting the American Legion's Georgia Boys and Girls State program next week.
Nearly 800 high school seniors will participate Georgia Boys State and Georgia Girls State. Attendees will also include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, State Sen. Jack Hill and State Representative Matt Ramsey.
The event is one-week course in state and local government is designed to be a "leadership action program" where qualified rising high school seniors take part in a practical government course, according to the university.
Delegates will learn the political process by organizing a simulated 51st state that includes a city, county and state government. Each level of government is run by elected delegates chosen through an election during the week. Students will also learn legal and courts system, parliamentary procedure and Georgia political history.
Eligible participants must have completed their junior year in high school with an above-average scholastic standing, show an interest in government and current events, have high moral character and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.