2016 Alabama Boys State will be held from May 29th through June 4th on the campus of The University of Alabama.
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***(Forms must be mailed by May 5, 2016)***
Alabama Boys State is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. Students from across the state are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in school and community activities. Boys State week is a full and active week held on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
At Boys State, student delegates will find the opportunity to build new friendships, participate in a mock government, and hear from and meet a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and others. Delegates will have the opportunity to join interest groups that focus on their individual areas of interest such as law school, fire college, law enforcement academy, aerospace academy, lobbyists, city government, county government, constitutional convention, engineer/computer academy, and environmental interest group. Delegates will also have activity time during which they can participate in recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, academic bowl, etc.
The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished, long-standing objectives of American Legion Boys States.
Delegate Orientations for 2016:
Post 237 in Huntsville hosted a dinner and orientation for the delegates from Huntsville City and Madison County schools. Approximately 27 young men attended, along with many parents. Guest speakers representing Alabama Boys State were Pedram Maleknia and Yancy Mitchell
Post 45 hosted a dinner and orientation in honor of their local delegates. Alabama Boys State staff member Brad Green was the guest speaker.
Pictured from left: Post 45 representative Mr. Harry I. Brown, Jr. (holding photo of James V. Thompson); Chandler Deerman and Chase Merkel representing Sylacauga High School; and Emmanuel Couey representing Fayetteville High School.
~First Governor of Alabama Boys State - James V. Thompson, Sylacauga 1938~
What did a typical Alabama Boys State delegate look like 50 years ago in 1966 ?