TUPELO – Shane Aguirre knows firsthand what attending the American Legion’s Boys State camp can do for young men.
That’s why he is taking his new role as director of the camp seriously.
Aguirre was recently named the camp’s director. Boys State is a “learn by doing” leadership camp the American Legion sponsors each summer for the most outstanding rising high school seniors in the state.
Through the week-long program, the students learn how city, county and state government function by actually doing the jobs themselves.
Aguirre, a Tupelo High School graduate, attended the camp in 1990 when he was a rising senior and said it was “the most pivotal decision of my life” in teaching him leadership skills and connecting him with other young leaders. He joined the Boys State staff in 1991.
“It’s just a huge honor to be state director for the camp,” said Aguirre. “I’m up for the challenge. This is a great program that gets kids involved in the government process. It really helps to build the leaders of tomorrow.”
The camp will be May 23-29 at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. Delegates have to be male juniors in high school with one year of eligibility remaining before graduating. The cost to attend is $250, which includes room and board.
Aguirre, chief financial officer for Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs, said he hopes the new group of delegates get as much out of the camp as he did when he attended.
“The decision to attend Boys State turned out to be the most pivotal decision in my life,” he said. “It taught me leadership skills I’ve carried with me throughout my career.”
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