The Mountaineer Daily (Tuesday 6/11/2024)

As the sun rises on another eventful day at the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State, we reflect on the moments that made yesterday truly special.

Empowering Future Leaders: Keynote WVU President E. Gordon Gee Address ALMBS

Dr. E. Gordon Gee, currently serving his second term as the President of West Virginia University, is a distinguished leader in higher education with a career spanning over three decades. Born in Vernal, Utah, Dr. Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees from Columbia University. He has held more university presidencies than any other American, including at The Ohio State University (twice), Vanderbilt University, Brown University, and the University of Colorado. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Dr. Gee’s commitment to education extends beyond administration; he is the co-author of over a dozen books on law and education. Today, we are honored to have him as our keynote speaker at the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State.

Voice of the Mountaineers: A Keynote by Tony Caridi at ALMBS, Followed by an Enlightening Presentation on Americanism and the U.S. Flag Code

Tony Caridi, known as “The Voice of the Mountaineers,” is a renowned sportscaster for West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Sports Network and West Virginia Radio Corporation’s Metronews Radio Network. Born on September 8, 1962, in Lockport, New York, Caridi’s passion for sports broadcasting was sparked by listening to the NBA’s Buffalo Braves, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, and the NFL’s Buffalo Bills1. He graduated from Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1984. Caridi arrived in West Virginia in 1984 and has been a vital part of the state’s sports broadcasting scene ever since. In addition to his broadcasting career, Caridi is also a children’s book author. Today, we are honored to have him as a keynote speaker at the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State. Tony Caridi’s presentation is followed by the Americanism Team presentation on the US Flag Code.

Leadership and Public Service: A Keynote by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey at ALMBS

Patrick James Morrisey, born on December 21, 1967, is an accomplished attorney and politician, currently serving as the 34th Attorney General of West Virginia. A member of the Republican Party, he was elected to the position in 2012, becoming the first Republican to serve in the role since 1933.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Morrisey grew up in Edison, New Jersey. He graduated with honors from Rutgers College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science in 1989. He also attended Rutgers School of Law–Newark, receiving his juris doctor in 1992.

Morrisey has had a multi-faceted career in law and public service, including roles as a former Partner and Practice Chair at a major national law firm, a former Chairman of the Republican Attorney Generals Association, a former Chief Counsel to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, and an owner of his own law practice.

Throughout his tenure as

Running Towards Leadership: A Keynote by Jamie Summerlin of Freedom Run USA at ALMBS

Jamie Summerlin, a Marine from Morgantown, West Virginia, is known for his Freedom Run across America to honor U.S. veterans. After running his first marathon in 2009, he was inspired to take on greater challenges. In 2012, he embarked on a 100-day journey across America, covering 3,452 miles through 16 states and Washington DC. Along the way, he visited VA hospitals and participated in ceremonies honoring veterans. Today, he continues to support veterans through Operation Welcome Home and other nonprofits, and shares his experiences through motivational speaking engagements.

The Mountaineer Daily (Monday 6/10/2024)

Day 1 at the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State: A Day of Engagement and Learning

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (ALMBS) kicked off its first day with a flurry of activities. With the registration of 219 citizens, the day was filled with enthusiasm and eagerness as the participants embarked on their journey of civic engagement and leadership.

The day began with a strong emphasis on getting involved. The “don’t hold back” catchphrase echoed throughout the day, serving as a constant reminder for the citizens to seize every opportunity. Motivational speeches encouraged the participants to engage fully and try new things, fostering an environment of exploration and growth.

A significant component of the day was the focus on Americanism, particularly the POW/MIA table. This powerful symbol served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women. It instilled a sense of respect and gratitude, reinforcing the values that ALMBS