The American Legion, Department of Tennessee
Youth Programs & Scholarships
The American Legion Boys' State: Few realize the obligation they have to the public. The American Legion Boys State is not a school room activity, but a practical experience for young men in the actual problems of government as it operates in Tennessee's American Legion Boys State. The American Legion Boys' State is not meant to take the place of Civics or Government, as they are taught in the high schools of the state, but is planned so that young men may put into actual practice the theories of Government through actual participation in city, county, and state governments organized as a "Mythical 51st State." The entire program is non-partisan and will not reference any existing political party. Only young men who are in the 11th grade and in the upper third of their class will be eligible to attend. The purpose of this is that young men in the 11th grade will have one more year in their respective high schools, and will be in a position to furnish leadership not only in their schools but also in their communities during the year. Tennessee's American Legion Boys State is held on the beautiful Tennessee Tech University campus in Cookeville. Check in time is on a Sunday and the final exercises will be held the following Saturday with a parade and inauguration of Boys State Governor. The average attendance is 620 Boys State Delegates. Each high school is authorized a quota based on their prior participation. Each spring, the counselors of each high school are made aware of upcoming American Legion Boys State. See website www.tnboysstate.org Tennessee Tech University awards a scholarship to the Boys State delegate elected American Legion Boys State Governor. Additionally, delegates who are descendents of a veteran can compete for a Department $1,000.00 Samsung scholarship and the Department Samsung winner further competes for one of several national $20,000.00 Samsung scholarships. The Department Chairman for Boys State is Judge Gary McKenzie. Point of contact at Department Headquarters is Debi Cole, (615) 391-5088, email Debi@TNLegion.org.
The American Legion 2015 Boys State Governor
The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest: The main purpose of the National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship. You are eligible to participate if you are a citizen and a lawful resident of Tennessee and are a bona fide student under the age of 20 years on the date of the National Oratorical Contest (National Oratorical Information) and are in grades 9 through 12 of a school in Tennessee. Detailed information is mailed to all schools by October 1st each year. The Department of Tennessee awards $6,000 in Oratorical scholarships each year. The state winner competes for another $18,000 at the National American Legion level. John Keys is the Department Oratorical Chairman. The Department point of contact is Sherri Mayberry, (615) 391-5088, email Sherri@TNLegion.org.
2016 $3,000 Oratorical State Winner: Brad Sells, Livingston Academy
2nd Place, $2,000 Braden Trent, Science Hill High School, Johnson City and 3rd Place, $1,000, Camrin Owens, Home Life Academy Homeschool, Cordova.
The American Legion Junior ROTC Cadet of the Year (JROTC): Annually The American Legion, Department of Tennessee selects a JROTC Cadet of The Year. This award is officially titled "The American Legion Colonel Frederick B. Bowling, JROTC Cadet of the Year." Eligibility is limited to Tennessee JROTC cadets who have been awarded either The American Legion General Military Excellence, or The American Legion Scholastic Award Medals and received the Certificate. Awarding of The American Legion Medals must come from an adopting American Legion Post. The JROTC Senior Instructor must provide the recommendation for the scholarship award. Information and recommendation forms are provided to each JROTC Unit in Tennessee by February each year. The JROTC Cadet of the Year will receive a $3,000 scholarship from Department. The Deadline for recommendation and a copy of The American Legion Certificate must be received by the Department no later than May 15, 2017. The JROTC Department Chairman is William H. Enicks, 423-874-1900 ext 6. Point of Department contact is Sherri Mayberry, (615) 391-5088, email Sherri@TNLegion.org.
2016 State Navy Cadet Winner: Shelby D. Johnson, Cherokee High School
The American Legion Eagle Scout of The Year: Annually The American Legion Department of Tennessee selects a Eagle Scout of The Year. The nominee must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew Chartered to an American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit or Sons of The American Legion Squadron or, be the son, grandson or great-grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member in good standing. Additionally must have received the Eagle Scout Award, be an active member of his religious institution and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem, have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting, and community, have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in a Tennessee High School (public, private, church or home school) at the time of selection. Eagle Scouts still in high school who reached their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified. 2015 Nomination forms are made available to all American Legion Post Commanders, Adjutants, Sons, Auxilliary Department and Eagle Scouts the first week in December of each year. The individual selected as The American Legion, Department of Tennessee Eagle Scout of The Year will receive a $3,000 scholarship and will compete for $10,000 at the American Legion National scholastic scholarships. The Deadline for this Department to receive the Nomination Form is no later than March 1, 2017. The American Legion Chairman, Paul Gish, 931-409-0047 and The Department point of contact is Sherri Mayberry, (615) 391-5088, email Sherri@TNLegion.org
2016 Eagle Scout of the Year: Franklin Brooks Underwood, Van Buren County High School.
Austin L. Odom, 2016 State Department Winner for National All Academic Scholarship, Post 60, Pulaski
2016 Senior State Champions - Post 19, Columbia 2016 Senior MVP - Bryce Giles, Post 19, Columbia
2016 Senior Runner-Up Team- Post 5, Nashville 2016 Senior Sportsmanship - Kenneth Embrey, Post 60, Pulaski
2016 Junior Division State Champions - Post 19, Columbia 2016 Junior MVP - Ben Taylor, Post 19, Columbia
2016 Junior Sportmanship - Eric Rice, Post 281, Mt. Juliet 2016 Junior Runner-Up - Post 281, Mt. Juliet
The American Legion Baseball: The purpose and scope of American Legion Baseball is to inculcate in our American Youth a better understanding of an American way of life; to promote 100% Americanism; to instill in our Nations Youth a sincere desire to develop within themselves a feeling of Citizenship, sportsmanship, loyalty and team spirit; to aid in the improvement and development of the physical fitness of our country's youth; and, to build the Nations future through our youth.