Veterans Village American Legion Post 343 is sponsoring Andrew Merkin as its delegate to Boys State in Tallahassee in June.
Merkin, 17, a junior at River Ridge High School, is the son of Donald and Carol Merkin of New Port Richey. He is a straight-A student, an office assistant at River Ridge and plays on a hockey team. Merkin is hoping for an appointment to a federal academy and plans to attend a program this summer at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
At Boys State, Merkin will join other high school students from throughout Florida for a week of learning about local and state government. Mock elections and legislative sessions will be held. The delegate who is elected governor will then have an opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., for Boys Nation.
Walter Hartshorne is Boys State chairman for Post 343.
_ Information about people and special events in West Pasco (including Holiday, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Hudson) must be sent in writing one week before the event or one week before deadline for reservations or tickets to Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. For information in most of West Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Submissions will be considered only from organizations based in Pasco County, and then only if the special events are open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers in the West Pasco column are area code 813.