St. Paul's American Legion Post 145


Post 145 sponsored a deserving young man from Lowcountry Leadership Charter School to represent St. Paul's Parish at the South Carolina American Legion 2022 Boys State. Michael Lane Shearer, our selectee, conducted himself in a dignified and exemplary manner. We are proud of his success at Boys State. He plans to return to Boys State after High School graduation as a counselor.


Prior to his selection, the following letter was sent to St. Paul's Parish High Schools and Mayors soliciting nominees for Post sponsorship to Boys State. Nominations were to be sent to St. Paul's Post 145, P.O. Box 231 Hollywood, SC 29449. (NOTE: Post 145 will be sending a similar letter to Baptist Hill High School and Lowcountry Leadership Charter School in December 2022 soliciting nominations for 2023 Boys State. Our goal is to select a representative from both schools for 2023).

"This letter solicits your nomination of a qualified candidate from your school to attend the American Legion Boys State at Anderson University, Anderson SC from 12-18 June 2022.

The American Legion’s Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. It is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of a local, county and state government. At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

Attendees to Boys State are selected solely by their local American Legion post and must be rising seniors in good academic standing. There is no way for the young man to apply directly. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.
St. Paul’s American Legion Post 145 believes there are rising seniors in our Parish who have demonstrated the qualities necessary to be a positive influence on others as they graduate and take their place as future community, business and political leaders. Boys State has proven, time and again, to have bolstered attendees’ self-confidence and enthusiasm for service.

Post 145 will be able to send at least one selectee to Boys State, with the possibility of a second, pending relief of COVID restriction. Our selection process is simple:
1. Lowcountry Leadership Charter School and Baptist Hill High School are asked to nominate one candidate each.
2. The Mayors of Edisto Beach, Hollywood, Meggett and Ravenel may also nominate one candidate each if they wish to do so. Their nominee may be the same individuals nominated by the schools above. If so, their endorsement should focus on what they personally know about the nominee.
3. The criteria for selection are:

a. Strong scholastic achievement;

b. Demonstrated leadership and fair play;

c. Strong moral character, courage and concern for others;

d. Demonstrated citizenship;

e. Loyalty to American democratic principles; and

f. Must be a rising senior in good academic standing in a local school.

4. Forward the name and contact information of your nominee, along with a single-spaced
explanation of why that individual was nominated (not to exceed 2 pages in length) to the
address at the top of this letter by 6 April 2022. The explanation should demonstrate how
the nominee embodies the selection criteria identified above.

5. The Post 145 Boys State Committee will invite each nominee and their interested family
members to a selection review. This will be a 30-minute general discussion about items
contained in the nomination letter. Only one nominee will be present for each session.

6. All nominees will be contacted by letter as to their selection before 1 May 2022.

7. The Post Boys State Committee will assist the selectee(s) to register and prepare for Boys
State as well as provide spending money deposited for attendees.

While we realize that nominating a candidate for Boys State may be time consuming and
somewhat difficult, Post 145 members strongly believe that Boys State attendees will receive
benefits that far outweigh your and our efforts to nominate and select them.

Additional detailed information about Boys State for 2022 can be found at You may also contact me at 843-200-2279 or or our Post Adjutant, Bill Starnes, at 803-210-7062 or

James M. Phelps
St. Paul’s Post 145"

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