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High school juniors Marcus Obren (left), Will Carr and Andrew Jacobs were selected to attend the 2012 Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.

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Herald Staff Writer

Three area juniors are excited to be participating in this year’s Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.

According to the Iowa American Legion website,, Boys State is a week-long experience in the “operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government.”

Boys State will be held this year between June 10 and 15 at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

Marcus Obren and Will Carr, from Clinton High School, and Andrew Jacobs, from Prince of Peace Schools, have been selected for this year’s Boys State. Obren and Carr were selected by their principal and counselors. The Knights of Columbus selected Jacobs for Boys State. They all are excited to attend the camp and have received a lot of support from family and friends.

Carr was surprised when he was first selected for Boys State. At first he did not know much about the camp, but as he learned more, he became more interested in attending. Obren’s brother attended Boys State a few years ago and had a great time. Jacobs had also heard about the camp.

“It was all really good things, so I’m really excited to be a part of something great,” Jacobs said.

The cost to attend Boys State is $250. The American Legion Post 190  will pay for Obren and Carr and the Knights of Columbus will pay for Jacobs.

Don Krambeck, Boys State coordinator for American Legion Post 190, said the boys will have a great opportunity to meet people from different parts of Iowa and make friends. He added that the boys can select what type of activities they want to participate in, whether it be football, choir, band or a wide selection of other activities.

Obren and Carr are looking forward to meeting people and making new friends. Since Jacobs is interested in going into law, he is excited about the government and political aspect of the experience.

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