WMRHS student named national finalist of Legion's Boys State program
The New Hampshire Boys State program was held at Rivier University in Nashua July 1-6, and Dami was selected by the program's scholarship committee. His selection was based on his academic accomplishments and his school and community involvement.
Dami will join 99 other finalists from around the country in competing for one of 12 scholarships, each worth an expected $20,000. All finalists who are not awarded one of those 12 scholarships will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Dami, who was sponsored at Boys State by Ingerson-Smith Post 41 in Whitefield, is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. He has served on his school's student council, was vice president of his freshman and sophomore classes, is a National Honor Society member and is on the school's cross-country and wrestling teams.
He has been active since his freshman year with the Army JROTC unit at his high school. He has served in various roles and is commander of the WMRHS Army JROTC Spartan Battalion.
In the community, Dami has volunteered at the New Hampshire Teen Institute Leaders in Prevention program, participated in food drives for Project Homebound and visited veterans at local nursing homes.
His future plans include attending Norwich University and pursuing a career in the military.
The Samsung American Legion Scholarship funds come from the earnings of a $5 million endowment from Samsung, which joined the American Legion to offer an educational opportunity to the descendants of wartime veterans who served honorably. Dami's grandfather Donald Benson served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and the Maine Army National Guard during the Persian Gulf era.
Members of the scholarship committee said the selection process was difficult as the applicants were some of the best-qualified students in the state and the competition was keen.