- Cullman, Alabama

August 21, 2013

Dean attended American Legion Alabama Boys State

Alabama American Legion

TUSCALOOSA — Keaton Dean, a Cullman High School student, recently attended the 76th American Legion Alabama Boys State. During the week, he participated in the City Interest Group. He developed a plan for the recruitment of an Economic Development Project for his Boys State City. His parents are Rita and Mike.

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.