Appleton West High School Senior selected for American Legion Boys Nation
Posted on 07/24/2019
Manish Raj, an incoming senior at Appleton West High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 19-26.

Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Raj was previously elected Attorney General at Wisconsin Boys State, which had roughly 800 participants. Additionally, he was elected District Attorney, City Attorney, and County Party Treasurer. 

At Appleton West, Raj has served as President of Appleton Youth Education Initiative, Vice President of National Honor Society, Founder and Treasurer of Future Problem Solving, Editor of The Talisman, and Captain of Science Team. His other activities include Mock Trial, Eagle Scout, Math Team, International Club, Piano and Karate.

His honors include Emmett Hoks Outstanding Junior Student, Rotary Club Invited Speaker, 2nd Place Hack Appleton, 1st and 2nd Place Future Problem Solving, AP Scholar with Distinction, Noon Optimist Award, and Top 10 Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation. A resident of Neenah, Raj plans to attend college for an undergraduate degree in science and engineering followed by graduate studies.

About Boys Nation
During their eight days at Boys Nation, 100 senators (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii, and the District of Columbia) will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.

The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the White House as well. In addition, delegates will attend a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Brett Reistad of Virginia. 

This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the finest of nearly 20,000 incoming seniors who attended the 50 annual Boys State programs. Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito.
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