LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) -- A Lafayette High school senior is one of 98 high school students heading to the nation's capitol to attend the American Legion Boys Nation.

17-year-old Brandon Dale is one of two delegates picked from Louisiana chosen for leadership skills, academic record, and activity with the American Legion Boys State.

"The week-long program introduces the [delegates] to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.," a media release from the organization states.

Each delegate will represent his home state as a senator. They will caucus at the beginning of each session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills. The allows them to learn the methods used by the U.S. Senate.

Federal legislators, as well as "representatives of national distinction" will also participate in the activities.