BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Three Baldwin County High School students recently spent a week attending the Alabama Boys State and Alabama Girls State programs, both held on the campus of the University …
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Three Baldwin County High School students recently spent a week attending the Alabama Boys State and Alabama Girls State programs, both held on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Boys State delegates Matthew Covington and Matthew Campbell were sponsored by American Legion Post 188 in Bay Minette and Girls State delegate Erin Emmons was sponsored its Auxiliary.
Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and participants are chosen from the around the state based on their demonstration of hard work, strong morals and motivation in school and community activities.
Throughout the week, participants learned about leadership, government and civic processes. Activities included mock elections and community service. The Delegates could join interest groups that focused 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.
Alabama Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. The delegates, chosen from every corner of Alabama, spent a week learning how government works. They divided up into cities and political parties, held elections and learned how laws are made and cities, counties and states are governed. In addition, the delegate had the opportunity to hear from speakers and leaders in government and business and also took part in community service projects.
Gov. Kay Ivey welcomed both groups and Bay Minette’s own Lyn Stuart, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, spoke with delegates at Girls State.