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Woodbury American Legion Post 501 selects Four Woodbury Juniors for Legion Boys State

(From left) Ben Cederstrom, Calvin Stepan, Zach Soderberg and Sam Soderberg. Submitted photos

Woodbury American Legion Post 501 has selected four Woodbury juniors to attend the 71st annual American Legion Boys State from June 9-15 at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

Calvin Stepan, the son of Dan and Shannon Stepan, is actively involved in band, track and field, cross country and the high school robotics team. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Calvin would like to pursue a degree in engineering upon graduation. Calvin's sponsor for Boys State is North End Post 474 in St. Paul.

Ben Cederstrom, the son of Dan and Sue Cederstron, is involved in choir, downhill alpine ski team, rec league baseball and the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program — a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. Ben loves music, but is undecided what career field to pursue upon graduation. Ben's sponsor for Boys State is Woodbury American Legion Post 501.

Sam and Zach Soderberg are juniors at East Ridge High School and the sons of Kathy Soderberg. Both are involved in winter percussion, jazz and marching band at East Ridge. Zach plays tuba, bass trombone and snare drums, while Sam plays trombone, mallets, euphonium and bass drums. They have had many leadership roles in the band and are members of Tri-M music honor society that recognizes students for their academic and musical achievements as well as provides leadership and service opportunities to young musicians. They both serve as Link Crew leaders and are members of the East Ridge High School varsity trap team. Sam is interested in attending the Air Force Academy while Zach is interested in West Point. Both boys are sponsored by Woodbury American Legion Post 501.

Legion Boys State emphasizes civic leadership and pride in American citizenship. Highlights of the week will include political speakers, mock trials, campaigning, elections and announcement of Boys State governor and state constitution officers. Legion Boys State was first held in Minnesota in 1949 with 169 boys attending. Last year there were approximately 300. Woodbury Post 501 has been represented by numerous boys throughout the history of the program.

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