Micah Gillen attends Boys' State 06.30.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Micah Gillen was reluctant to say “yes” to Boys’ State when the offer arrived. Now that he’s back from a week at the fictional state, he knows he made the right choice to attend.

“I started out not wanting to go, but I ended up not wanting to leave,” Micah said. “The experience was great.”

Micah was elected to the city council of Jefferson, the capital city of Boys’ State, where he helped manage the budget and make other decisions affecting the city.

“Meeting new people was the best part of it,“ Micah said. “I couldn't have been placed in a better group of guys.”

American Legion’s Wolverine Boys’ State ended June 26 after a week at Northwood University in Midland.

Following the motto “Learn by Doing,” the program offers practical experience in learning how government works.

The Fairfield Masonic Lodge #125 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron #368 of Morenci sponsored the Morenci delegate.

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