North Shore High School Senior selected for American Legion Boys Nation

James Vizza, a rising Senior at North Shore High School, has been selected as  a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area,                  July 20-27. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. James served as State Assemblyman, Bill-reader of the Assembly, News Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Statesman at New York Boys State, which had roughly 880 participants. Vizza will be joined by AK Ramakrishna of Clarence High School in representing New York at Boys Nation.

At North Shore, James is class secretary and has participated in spring and winter track and cross country. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. A resident of Glen Head, he hopes to attend the U.S. Naval Academy to pursue a career in military service or law. To arrange an interview with James Vizza, contact Andy Proffet at

About Boys Nation:
During their eight days at Boys Nation, 98 senators (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii) will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.

This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the finest of nearly 20,000 incoming Seniors who attended the 49 annual Boys State programs.  The young men will have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial, visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators, and visit the Pentagon and the White House.

Article submitted by the American Legion
Photo taken by Adrienne Daley.

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