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The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (ALMBS) is the West Virginia version of The American Legion’s Boys State program. The American Legion Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. ALMBS was founded in 1936 and holds the second oldest charter in the nation. ALMBS is the only program in the nation that is still held in the same location (WVU Jackson’s Mill) where it was founded. Mountaineer Boys State typically has approximately 400 “citizens” that graduate from the program annually. ALMBS has numerous career paths Citizen participation. The camp is held annually and typically the second full week of June.

The American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his city, county and state government.

At the American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization; however, individuals may sponsor an eligible candidate to the program.

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State Leadership

Jim Davis
Director
Robbie Robinson
Assistant Director
Randall Kocsis
Administrator
Bob Wines
Operations Administrator

Governors

Attendance

  • June 13-19, 2010: 295
  • June 12-18, 2011: 307
  • June 10-16, 2012: 366
  • June 9-15, 2013: 371
  • June 8-14, 2014: 352
  • June 7-13, 2015: 387
  • June 12-18, 2016: 411
  • June 11-17, 2017: 364

Governors

Attendance

  • June 11-17, 2000: 392
  • June 10-16, 2001: 385
  • June 9-15, 2002: 405
  • June 8-14, 2003: 364
  • June 6-12, 2004: 333
  • June 12-18, 2005: 342
  • June 11-17, 2006: 318
  • June 10-16, 2007: 325
  • June 8-14, 2008: 351
  • June 14-20, 2009: 307

Governors

  • 1990: Joseph Limer
  • 1991: Joseph Tennant
  • 1992: Randall A. Campbell
  • 1993: Blair Bush
  • 1994: Ronnie Wells
  • 1995: Brandon Craft
  • 1996: Walter Greenhowe, Jr.
  • 1997: Major Newsom
    Phil Hancock - Installed June 8, 1998
  • 1998: Dwan Perry
  • 1999: Steven O'Chap

Attendance

  • June 10-15, 1990: 408
  • June 9-14, 1991: 409
  • June 7-12, 1992: 373
  • June 6-12, 1993: 264
  • June 5-11, 1994: 410
  • June 11-17, 1995: 349
  • June 9-15, 1996: 358
  • June 8-14, 1997:
  • June 7-13, 1998: 403
  • June 6-12, 1999:

Governors

  • 1980: Mark Zachwieja
  • 1981: Brent Walker
  • 1982: James Goots
  • 1983: John Gemondo
  • 1984: William Robert Spencer, Jr.
  • 1985: Anthony J. Webster
  • 1986: Timothy Absten
  • 1987: Greg Lunsford
  • 1988: Stephen Redd
  • 1989: Coy Flowers

Attendance

  • June 15-21, 1980: 378
  • June 14-20, 1981: 374
  • June 13-19, 1982: 382
  • June 12-18, 1983:
  • June 17-23, 1984:
  • June 16-22, 1985: 414
  • June 15-20, 1986: 395
  • June 14-19, 1987:
  • June 12-18, 1988: 390
  • June 11-16, 1989: 406

Governers

  • 1970: Van Jetson Daniels
  • 1971: Donald Franklin Copenhaver
  • 1972: Steve Anthony Hill
  • 1973: Elliot Hicks
  • 1974: Charles William Loeb, Jr.
  • 1975: Sam Matthew Spenia
  • 1976: Charles Hughie Smith
  • 1977: John Alan Willis
  • 1978: Timmy Dean Wheeler
  • 1979: Joseph Caro

Attendance

  • 1970: 358
  • 1971: 360
  • 1972: 371
  • 1973: 386
  • 1974: 369
  • 1975: 362
  • 1976:
  • 1977: 380
  • 1978:
  • June 17-23, 1979: 370

Governors

  • 1960: Dean Thompson
  • 1961: Glenn Kiger
  • 1962: Phillip J. Peters
  • 1963: Thomas I. Craig, Jr.
  • 1964: Tom Stewart Way
  • 1965: Kerry Bethel Jarrell
  • 1966: Carl Michael Akers
  • 1967: Malcolm Barrett Louden
  • 1968: Charles Michael Connor
  • 1969: Harry Layne Hull

Attendance

  • 1960: 346
  • 1961: 348
  • 1962: 347
  • 1963: 351
  • 1964: 348
  • 1965: 352
  • 1966: 350
  • 1967: 353
  • 1968:
  • 1969: 429

1961 Newspapers

1960 Newspapers

Governors

  • 1950: Ted Rake
  • 1951: Robert Morgan
  • 1952: Jim St. Clair
  • 1953: Russel A. Thom, Jr.
  • 1954: Charles F. Lucas
  • 1955: Burton A. Dudding
  • 1956: John Frye
  • 1957: John F. Kile
  • 1958: Dean Hunneshagen
  • 1959: William D. Shaffer

Attendance

  • 1950: 331
  • 1951: 319
  • 1952: 329
  • 1953: 329
  • 1954: 339
  • 1955: 336
  • 1956: 347
  • 1957: 349
  • 1958: 345
  • 1959: 342

1959 Newspapers

1957 Newspapers

Governors

  • 1940: James H. Fresh
  • 1941: Jack Lee
  • 1942: Richard Turner
  • 1944: Tom Langfih
  • 1946: Dave Daugherty
  • 1947: Elmer H. Freese
  • 1948: David Hermansdorfer
  • 1949: Henry "Hoppy" Shores

Attendance

  • 1940: 404
  • 1941: 404
  • 1942: 400
  • 1944: 363
  • 1946: 298
  • 1947: 323
  • 1948: 337
  • 1949: 324

Governors

  • 1936: Leslie G. Reed
  • 1937: Paul Cronin
  • 1938: William G. Miller
  • 1939: Rodney Wolford

Attendance

  • 1936: 300
  • 1937: 413
  • 1938: 337
  • 1939: 380

Past Directors

  • 1938-1941: R. Worth Shumaker
  • 1941-1943: Allen Simmons
  • 1943-1945: M. R. Dodd
  • 1945-1960: W. R. Fugitt
  • 1960-1981: Tommy Jones
  • 1981-2002: Robert Lee Stine
  • 2002-2011: Clarence Walton
  • 2011-Current: James W. Davis

National Awards

  • 2014: National American Legion Press Association Robert L. Morril Social Media Award First Place - Administered by Jacob McCarty, Michael Sluss and Luke Kopp
  • 2014: National American Legion Press Association Mary B. Howard Website Award Third Place - Administered by Jacob McCarty, Michael Sluss and Luke Kopp

WV SAL Squadron 200

Commanders

  • 2001-2009: Steve Sluss
  • 2009-2010: Randall K. Kocsis
  • 2010-Current: James Dague