York Community High School

Research & SS Opportunities

Social Studies: Enrichment and Competitions

Top Ten Reasons to Attend Illinois Boys/Girls State

10. Boys/Girls State participation will enhance your ability to be admitted to the college or university of your choice. College admissions directors report that being chosen as a Boys/Girls state delegate is an important addition to the resume of a potential college student in today's highly competitive college application process.

9. Boys/Girls State participation will make you eligible to be considered for one of nine $1,000 college scholarships which are awarded annually by the American Legion  of Illinois.


8. Boys/Girls state participation may make you eligible to be considered for one of ten $20,000 national Boys/Girls State College scholarships awarded annually by the American Legion from among 100 nominees selected by each Boys/Girls State nationwide.


7. Boys/Girls State participation will give you the chance to begin networking with other leaders from your generation who were chosen to represent their high schools from across the state.


6. Boys/Girls State will let you experience leadership training in an exciting learn-by-doing environment.


5. If you play a musical instrument, Boys/Girls State will give you the opportunity to join the Boys/Girls State band and experience an intensive, weeklong series of rehearsals, and daily concerts and unique patriotic ceremonies not usually available for high school musicians.


4. Boys/Girls state will provide a preview to college life and the basis of the life-long friendships you will make as you live in university residence halls. You can participate in late-night bull sessions with your roommates.  


3. Boys/Girls State provides a chance to experience the rough and tumble world of politics first hand. You can compete for election on the city, county and state levels.


2. Boys/Girls State provides an opportunity to debate important often controversial issues. If elected to the Boys/Girls State Assembly or Boys/Girls State Senate you can have an impact on future Boys/Girls States.


1. As a delegate to Boys/Girls State, you will share a proud tradition and become a part of a long line of Boys/Girls Staters nationwide, including Dick Cheney, AI Gore, Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, Neil Armstrong, Joe Lieberman, Jane Pauley, Ann Richards, Leeza Gibbons, Peter Anderson and many others. Over the years, many others have used their Boys/Girls State training to better serve their community, state and nation and help build “a more perfect union.”



Do you know of any enrichment opportunities or competitions for Social Studies?  This web page is available for parents, teachers and students to share interesting links and experiences.  Please keep in mind that these activities are not necessarily District 205 sponsored or supported, so be sure to research any opportunities to be certain they are right for you!

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