Local students to take part in Boys State

Published 2:34 pm Monday, June 13, 2011

Four Butler County students were chose to take part in the 74th annual American Legion Alabama Boys State convention.

Greenville High School’s Ethan Hilliard, McKenize School’s Sirwall Presley, Georgiana School’s Keon Binion and Fort Dale Academy’s Christopher Edgar took part in Boys State – a program designed to supplement the information taught in high school civic classes. Boys State teaches that our form of government is good but that its preservation depends on intelligent, informed, and loyal citizens in combination with an honest and impartial administration of government activities.

At Boys State, student delegates participated in a mock government, and heard from and met a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and others.

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Delegates also had the opportunity to 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.

Hilliard was selected to attend the Business Interest Group, which exposes delegates to introductory principles in business, including entrepreneurship and business planning.

Presley was chosen to attend the Fire College Interest Group, which provides delegates with an overview of the fire service, including requirements for employment.

Binion was selected to attend the Military Interest Group, which teaches about many different aspects of the military and military life.

Edgar was chose to attend the Tourism Interest Group, which discussed the many tourist venues in Alabama.