By SHERRY DIGMON
American Legion Post 90 and the Legion Auxiliary hosted a reception for Boys and Girls State delegates Thursday, October 10.
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. Excerpts from their comments follow.
Gaines Tanner, Escambia Academy – Gaines talked about the connections he made with other students across the state. “I met guys I’m still in contact with today … I’m really thankful for the experience.”
James Koons, Escambia Academy – James said he had a little understanding of the Constitutional process when he went to Boys State. He learned about the process and more. “I learned how to deal with other people’s opinions. I learned how to compromise.”
Alex Glidewell, Flomaton High School – “I realized how small our cities are but how big Alabama is and how we are connected.” [By the way, Alex scored 35 on his ACT this year. Maximum score is 36.]
Michael Dunn, Flomaton High School – Michael said he learned how people are different but can work together. “People can compromise to solve issues.” He enjoyed meeting new people.
Joshua Richardson, Escambia County High School – Joshua said he didn’t know that much about politics when he went to Boys State. He soon discovered the value of working as a team. He loved the experience saying he wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Ladarious Wilson, Escambia County High School – Ladarious said Boys State helped his personal growth in so many ways. He learned to listen to others’ opinions and to work as a team.
Kayley Johnson, Escambia County High School – “I was happy to be there. It was the most wonderful experience. I learned a lot. I even ran for a county office and won.”
Two other young ladies attended Girls State – Emogene Flavors from Escambia Academy and Brook Welch from Flomaton High School – however, they didn’t attend the reception.
Boys State sponsors are Poarch Creek Indians and the Atmore Rotary Club. The Legion Auxiliary sponsors Girls State delegates.