U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) speaks to the more than 300 delegates to the 2012 American Legion Boys State Wednesday night at Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.
The program, now in its 73rd year, gives rising high school seniors from across Mississippi the opportunity to learn how our representative democracy works through participation in a simulated political system that includes campaigns, development of legislation, and formation of government bodies. Delegates also hear from guest presenters like Wicker who share their experiences as elected public servants. (Southern Miss photo by Kelly Dunn)