Local students attend Boys State

Published 9:40 am Monday, June 20, 2011

Several local students recently attended the annual American Legion Alabama Boys State convention in Tuscaloosa. Lovincy Brown and Aaron Miller, both students at Escambia County High School, and Dillon Anderson, student at Escambia Academy were all selected to attend the convention.

Brown, son of Andre’ Brown and Katrinka Brown, was elected to the House of Representatives and Miller, son of Wade Cox and Denise Williams, was selected to attend the Boys State Military Interest Group. Anderson, the son of Jonathan Kelley and Dawn Kelley, was chosen to attend the Fire College Interest Group.

The University of Alabama and the Tuscaloosa area welcomed more than 500 high school seniors to campus May 28-June 4, for the 74th annual American Legion Alabama Boys State convention that included a community service component to help Tuscaloosa tornado survivors.

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Alabama Boys State is a leadership and citizenship training program and is one of the highest honors granted to rising high school senior boys. Students were chosen based on there leadership, hard work, strong morals and motivation in school and community activities.

While attending Boys State, students provided community service by working with the City of Tuscaloosa and the Parks and Recreation Authority, to work in area parks to provide the community – and especially storm victims – with improved outdoor recreation.

“I am delighted that the young men of the state could contribute to the relief and restoration of the City of Tuscaloosa, and it is certain that these men will continue to contribute to their cities throughout the state until Alabama is fully restored,” said Boys State director, Judge Pete Johnson.

Guest speakers for the event were, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Jim Main, Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saben and NBA star, Dwight Howard.