By Sean Scott and William Benagh, Port St. Lucie High School

Three Port St. Lucie High School ROTC Jaguar cadets have been selected to attend Florida’s American Legion Boys’ State and Girls’ State, the starting point for many successful young people. These programs are coordinated by the American Legion, and thanks to Post 318, cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover and cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon have the opportunity to travel to Florida State University in Tallahassee. Cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes will also be traveling to Florida State University to participate in Girls State. She was selected by Rita Woodburn, Girls’ State Chairperson for American Legion Post 318 Ladies Auxiliary. Delegates’ rooms are provided by Florida State University, and the delegates are given a tour of Florida’s capitol building. Boys’ State and Girls’ State are two rigorous and comprehensive leadership programs where students learn about Florida’s politics and government. High school juniors are selected to participate in the program, and expenses are paid for by the American Legion Post or local organization sponsoring them. While learning about the government and politics of Florida, the cadets also get the opportunity to receive high school and college credits. Overall, it is a great experience for the cadets, and Port St. Lucie High School appreciates the continuous support of American Legion Post 318 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. Pictured, from left, are cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover, cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, and cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes.

Photo by William Benagh