Two local students from the Class of 2012 attended Dirigo Boys State, held at Thomas College this past June.

Jason Brooks, from Sandy Point, who attends Searsport District High School, and Seth Raymond, from Prospect, who attends Bucksport High School, were selected by staff of their respective schools to receive this honor.

Brooks, who is active in sports, drama, and the student standards team was elected to the House of Representatives while at Boys State and Raymond served as an advisor to the Boys State governor. Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion.

In addition, Raymond was named a Samsung American Legion Scholarship national finalist by the Dirigo Boys State staff. In making the announcement, the selection officials said Raymond was named a finalist on the basis of academics, school and community involvement and financial need.

As a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist, Seth Raymond will join 99 other national finalists from around the United States each competing for one of 12 scholarships, each scholarship worth an expected $20,000.

Raymond is an active member in the music program at Bucksport High School. He plays the trumpet in Band, alto saxophone in Jazz Band, and piano in Jazz Combo. He also sings in both the Chorus and Jazz Choir. Raymond is the senior sound producer for the BHS Drama Club.

In addition, Raymond participates in three sports per year, including Golf, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track. He is also the president of the Math Team at BHS. Raymond is a member of the National Honor Society and participates on the Envirothon Team.

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship funds come from the earnings of a $5-million endowment given by Samsung. Samsung, in recognition of the sacrifice and commitment of United States servicemen and women who served during the Korean War to maintain the security of the Korean peninsula, joined with The American Legion to offer an educational opportunity to the descendants of war-time veterans who have served honorably.

Raymond’s maternal grandfather served with the Air Force during the Vietnam War. The president and chief executive officer of Samsung North America, Dong-Jin Oh, said Samsung wants to recognize “the sacrifices and commitment of U.S. servicemen and women. We believe this is the best way to show our appreciation to the United States and to U.S. war veterans.”

Members of the Dirigo Boys State selection committee said the selection process was difficult. The applicants were some of the best-qualified students in the state and the competition was keen.

Both Brooks and Raymond are active members of Boy Scout Troop 235, where both hold the rank of Eagle Scout. Raymond’s Eagle Project was to refurbish and enhance the Prospect Veterans’ Memorial Site. Brooks spent more than 90 hours refurbishing the Fort Pownal model as a way to preserve local history. The model is located at the Stockton Springs Community Library.

Both Brooks and Raymond are planning on attending college after high school, and both are considering pursuing engineering as a field of study.