Nine students from the area will attend this year’s Alabama Boys State.
Students from across the state are selected based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, moral character, and motivation in school and community activities. Boys State Week is a full and active week held on the University of Troy campus from Sunday, May 29 through graduation on Saturday, June 4.
Local students in attendance are Christian L. Crook, Aaron T. Huggins, and Charles T. McGill, Escambia Academy; Hasten Dean, Anthony McCants and Carmelo Turner, Escambia County High School; Bryson Patterson and Christopher Spann, Flomaton High School; and Abbie Helton, Flomaton United Methodist Church.
At Boys State, student delegates will have the opportunity to make new friendships, participate in mock government, and hear and meet a wide range of Alabama leaders such as members of Congress, elected officials from the ‘state, business, civic and other leaders,’ American Legion Post No. 90 Warrant Officer Paul Chason said.
Delegates will have the opportunity to join interest groups that focus on their individual areas of interest such as Law School, Fire College, Law Enforcement Academy, Aerospace Academy, lobbyists, city government, county government, constitutional convention, engineering/computer academy and environmental interest group. Delegates will also have activity time during which they can participate in recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, academic bowling, etc.
The American Legion believes there is no better way to ensure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and purposes of the American government, Chason said in a statement.
By teaching young people to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in successfully running a democratic society, we can keep America strong and secure freedom for future generations, he said.
The American Legion program is at Troy University this year.
Atmore’s Billy Glenn Rushing Post 90 provided scholarships for six area students to attend Alabama Boys State each year.
Thanks to the tremendous support of our partners, we offered 11 scholarships this year, an increase of 83% over previous years, said Chason.
Unfortunately, only eight boys can attend. This year, we also offered an at-large scholarship for a Girls State candidate. Our total scholarships submitted to the Department of Alabama for this year’s programs are nine. We’re also able to provide a $25 gas card to every family this year, another opportunity thanks to our partners, Chason said.