TN American Legion Boys State

Tennessee American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. This year, Boys State is an interactive, virtual-based program where each delegate participates in local, county, and state government education and activities.

Thank You to Our 2021 Presenters


The Tennessee American Legion and Tennessee Tech sincerely appreciate the delegate's participation in the Boys State program and extend our gratitude to the presenters for sharing their time and expertise with the delegates.

Listed in order of appearance during the week:

  • State Senator Paul Bailey
  • State Representative Ryan Williams
  • TBI Director David Rausch
  • Ron Borden, Army ROTC Department - Golden Eagle Battalion
  • District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway
  • District Public Defender Craig Fickling
  • Criminal Court Judge Gary McKenzie
  • SSG Kelly Deming, Tennessee National Guard
  • Chief Operating Officer Brandon Gibson, Governor's Office
  • John Mark Windle, State Representative
  • Vice Mayor of Cookeville Laurin Wheaton
  • Putnam County Commissioner Ben Rodgers
  • Oratorical Chairman Paul Gish, The American Legion, Dept. of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Tech Admissions Counselors Mason Hilliard & Sara Searle 

We also appreciate the video greetings to the delegates from:

  • Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
  • Tennessee Tech President Philip Oldham
  • Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins, Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Speaker Cameron Sexton, Tennessee House of Representatives