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Column: Optimism from Boys, Girls states
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Each year, hundreds of South Carolina high schoolers get a close-up lesson in how government works as part of the Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State programs. Sponsored nationally by the American Legion, Boys State and Girls State are immersive, weeklong sessions designed to promote patriotism, leadership, civic involvement and an understanding of our nation’s institutions. There are mock elections for statewide offices, as well as a mock legislature and court system.