Twenty rising seniors in Walker County have been chosen for Boys State and Girls State.Boys State and Girls State serves to educate young men and women on government structure, in an effort to foster …
Twenty rising seniors in Walker County have been chosen for Boys State and Girls State.
Boys State and Girls State serves to educate young men and women on government structure, in an effort to foster their character as lifelong leaders in their community, state and nation.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 9 sponsors Girls State delegates, while American Legion Woods-Smith Post 9 sponsors delegates of Boys State.
Romalyn Aaron of American Legion Post 9 explained the significance of Boys and Girls State.
"Through this program, young women are educated on the democratic process and how the republic form of government works at the state and national levels in the United States," Aaron said of Girls State. "At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments."
American Legion Woods-Smith Post 9 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 9 hold interviews with juniors each year to determine which students will represent the county as delegates the following year.
Thousands of students participate in the programs annually, and Walker County's delegates will go to the University of Alabama to join other delegates from around the state to learn about politics and how to be effective leaders. Boys State delegates were said to be traveling this weekend to UA, while Girls State delegates will make the trip to the Capstone in June.
This year's Girls State delegates from Walker County are Larken Box of Sumiton Christian High School, Kallie Capkovic of Oakman High School, Laycee Cordell of Curry High School, Lorin O'Rear of Jasper High School, Chelsea Smith of Cordova High School, Courtney Stone of Dora High School and Jillian Welch of Jasper High School.
Boys State delegates from Walker County this year are Cameron Frost of Cordova High School; Coulson Aaron, Gavin Wideman and Ethan Wideman of Curry High School; Christopher Wilson, Claude Bryan, Nicholas Keeton, Colton Hall, Colin Daughdrill and John Crump of Jasper High School; Micah Harrison of Dora High School; Tristin Lollar of Oakman High School; and Nicholas Persky of Sumiton Christian School.
Boys State was founded in 1935, while Girls State was introduced in 1937.
Many well-known individuals are Boys/Girls State alumni, including Neil Armstrong, Tom Brokaw, Garth Brooks, Bill Clinton and Jane Pauley. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey are also former delegates.