- Cullman, Alabama

June 27, 2013

American Legion's 76th Alabama Boys State

American Legion Alabama Boys State

TUSCALOOSA — Matthew Burns recently attended the Seventy-Sixth American Legion Alabama Boys State. During the week, he was participated in the County Interest Group. He developed a plan for the recruitment of an Economic Development Project for his Boys State County. His parents are Cindy McMillan and Steve Burns. He attends Hanceville High School.

Also attending was Luke Calvert, who participated in the City Interest Group. He developed a plan for the recruitment of an economic development project for his Boys State City. He is the son of Belinda Calvert and Ken Calvert. He is a student at Good Hope High School.

James Cummings attended Boys State and was a member of the Elected and Appointed Interest Group. He served Boys State as an Active Citizen, learning the responsibilities and benefits of Alabama and US citizenship. His parents are Deborah and Steve Cummings. He attends the Cullman Area Career Center.

Keaton Dean attended Boys State and participated in City Interest Group, developing a plan for recruitment of an Economic Development Project for his Boys State City. A student at Cullman High school, he is the son of Rita and Mike.

Adam Stewart attended this Boys State session, and was elected to the House of Representatives, where he wrote and debated bills of importance to all Alabama citizens. His parents are Ambra Stewart and Herb Stewart. He attends West Point High School.

Sawyer Vernon participated in the Constitutional Convention Interest Group at Boys State. He studied legal concepts and applied them by helping to draft a new constitution for the state of Alabama. His parents are Tammy Vernion and James Vernon. He attends Fairview High School.

Hunter Walker participated in the Aerospace Interest Group, learning about the past and future of aerospace in the state of Alabama, and the United States of America. A student at Holly Pond High School, he is the son of Heidi Walker and Ricky.

Alabama Boys State is a leadership program for young men who have completed their junior year of high school and are expected to be campus leaders during their senior year. It provides delegates with a working knowledge of how our government functions on the city, county, and state levels. Acceptance into Alabama Boys State is a privilege and granted by invitation only. Delegates are selected by their school faculty and community leaders.

Throughout its 78-year history, Boys State and Girls State programs have shaped some of America's most remarkable leaders, from Presidents to astronauts, world famous athletes to internationally recognized journalists, entrepreneurs and military leaders.

In Alabama, almost 600 young men are hand-picked each year to attend this summer leadership and citizenship experience.

Alabama Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and is directed by the retired Judge Pete Johnson of Birmingham, the Assistant Directors are Judge Joel Laird of Anniston and Ted Copland of Carrolton.