Girls State - Boys State
Last evening, September 25, 2012 The American Legion, Post Three in Macon, Georgia hosted the participants of the 2012 Girls State and Boys State. After a catered meal the participants spoke of their experiences while attending this event. I recall that each spoke that the experience was a "Once In A Life Time" opportunity for them. In addition they expressed gratitude to their respective Families, their School and to the American Legion Post and the American Legion Auxilliary for sponsoring them to this week long event.
The participants sponsored by the American Legion Post Three and the Auxilliary were from the following schools in Bibb County:
Central High School - 1 Boy and 1 Girl
Rutland High School - 1 Boy and 1 Girl
Stratford Academy - 1 Boy and 1 Girl
First Presbyterian Day School - 1 Boy and 1 Girl
Westside High School - 1 Boy
Mount DeSales Academy - 1 Boy
The following is a list of statements that I recorded as these High School Seniors addressed us and summed up their experience at Boys State or Girls State 2012:
- The experience instilled pride in our Country
- One Goal - Trained them to work for the betterment of our United States of America
- The Opportunity to make new Friends from all over Georgia
- Learned about State Government
- Learned that Citizens have an important role in the Community.
Participants in either Boys State or Girls State have demonstrated excellence in their academic endeavors and have potential for Leadership roles in the future. They are nominated by their respective High Schools after completing their Junior Year of High School. They are then selected by the sponsoring organization and their attendance is funded by that sponsoring organization.
At the conclusion of each Boys State and also Girls State, each elects a Senator from their State to attend "Boys Nation" or "Girls Nation."
I was impressed by the speeches that were presented to the Members of the American Legion and the Auxilliary last evening. These Scholars represented themselves, their respective families and their schools in an excellent manner.
Well Done!!!! to each and every one who attended the 2012 Girls State or Boys State.