Red Bank Teen Headed for American Legion Boys State
Remember Aidan Daniel Byrnes's face. You might be voting for him one day in the not-too-distant future.
The 17-year-old from Red Bank Catholic High School is one of 98 teens from around the United States, and only two from New Jersey, taking part in this year's American Legion Boys' Nation, a week-long introduction to federal government structure and operations.
According to American Legion representatives, Aidan earned his spot through exemplary leadership skills, consistently high academic achievement and extensive participation in extracurricular activities.
The program that runs from July 19 through 26 includes visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historic places in and around Washington, DC.
Aidan and his colleagues act as "Senators" representing their home states. Just as in the halls of Congress, they form committees to review legislation and conduct hearings, learning parliamentary procedure and deepening their understanding and commitment to the nation.
Former President Bill Clinton and Montana U.S. Senator Max Baucus are among America's notable political figures who have taken part in Boys Nation.