By SHERRY DIGMON
News Staff Writer
American Legion Post 90 and the Legion Auxiliary hosted a reception for Boys and Girls State delegates Thursday, August 23.
Each year, the Legion sponsors six young men and the Auxiliary sponsors three young women to attend the leadership program held at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Students from Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School and Flomaton High School are selected.
Students are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in school and community activities.
At Thursday’s reception, each delegate was given the opportunity to talk about their experience. Excepts from their comments follow.
Christiara Jones, Escambia County High School – I’m thankful to the American Legion Auxiliary for this amazing opportunity. I learned a lot about the government, patriotism, and the flag. I also made a lot of friends.
McKenzie Faulk, Flomaton High School – I ran for one office but didn’t win. I ran for probate judge, but didn’t get that either. But it was the best experience I’ve been in. They told us at Girls State we need more women in politics.
Anna Grace Janes, Escambia Academy – On the first day, everyone was nervous … I ran for city clerk but didn’t get it. We heard presentations from Liz Huntley, Lyn Stuart, and Kay Ivey … I made a lot of new friends.
Nicholas Jackson, Flomaton High School – The first day was nerve wracking … I was elected fire chief.
Adonis Williams, Escambia County High School – This taught me that I’m not ready to leave home yet. I made a lot of friends and enjoyed the teamwork opportunities. My favorite part was visiting the University of Alabama and stadium … I truly enjoyed myself.
William O’Bannon, Flomaton High School – Thanks to my school and the Legion for the opportunity … I ran for the rules committee. I had a great time at Alabama.
Luerensley Williams, Escambia County High School – First giving honor to God, I thank the American Legion. I learned a lot about government positions and government policies.
Sam Martin, Escambia Academy – Thank you to the Legion. I learned a lot. I was elected county coroner. Thank God, I didn’t have to do my job.
Jace Daniels, Escambia Academy, attended Boys State but moved out of the area before Thursday’s reception.
Attending Thursday’s reception were Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua and Flomaton High School Principal Scott Hammond.