Tuscaloosa—July 8, 2021 Sunday, July 11, The American Legion Alabama Boys State program will return to the campus of the University of Alabama. More than 600 students from across the state will meet in Tuscaloosa for this unique summit, to receive hands-on leadership training in government and community service under the motto, “We Build Citizenship.” Typically the program is for rising high school seniors, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition was postponed. This year, Boys State will feature students who were selected to attend last year (HS Class of 2021), as well as those chosen to participate in the Class of 2022.
“I encourage the students to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how state and local governments work at Boys State. The American Legion and its many members have dedicated much of their time, money, and efforts to ensure that Boys State is a success,” said Judge O.L. Pete Johnson, Director of The American Legion Alabama Boys State.
Chosen based on their leadership qualities, high levels of achievement, and community involvement, students will hear from an array of leaders from across the state. Gov. Kay Ivey will serve as keynote speaker at the Opening Session – Sunday, 2:00 p.m., Ferguson Ballroom. Other speakers include State Treasurer John McMillan, Governor’s Chief of Staff Jo Bonner, UA President Stuart Bell, retired Tuscaloosa Judge John England, State House Minority Leader Rep. Anthony Daniels, Rep. Bill Poole, former US Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, and Birmingham Attorney Ashby Pate. The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. Alabama Boys State begins its 84 annual program on July 11, and will adjourn on July 17.
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