- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Northwestern State University will be the site of the Louisiana Boys and Louisiana Girls State government programs Sunday through June 28.

The annual leadership and citizenship program is sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for high school students between their junior and senior year.

The programs will be held on the Northwestern State campus.

Participants are divided into groups and elect mock municipal officials and representative to a mock state legislature. They also elect state officials who meet to hold elections and pass bills in a manner similar to the actual Louisiana legislature. The program is intended to teach high-achieving students to be informed citizens while developing a sense of community, service and responsibility.

The programs, which began in the 1940s, will include hundreds of participants.

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