Post 1 hosts Boys/Girls State awards banquet
The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 held its annual Boys State and Girls State Banquet Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The Boys/Girls State is a program where students attend a week long, live-in experience learning about how government works. It is a hands-on activity where students form cities and then establish political offices they campaign for and govern.
Boys State participants attended Anderson University while the Girls State participants attended Presbyterian College. A total of 1,050 boys from across S.C. attended the program. Post 1 sponsored 38 boys and six girls.
During the banquet, Judge Gene Morehead, a longtime Post 1 member, was recognized for his dedicated service as Post Chairman for Boys State. His committee raised more than $11,000 to sponsor this year's participants. The banquet had over 100 guests, including students, family, Legionnaires and Auxiliary members. The program began with a catered dinner by Missy’s Cafe.
Auxiliary President Vickie Gimla presented certificates to two Girls State participants. They both took the microphone and offered brief remarks on their experience.
Post Adjutant Mike Richey and Post Commander Ken Curran presented certificates to each of the Boys State participants. They also shared what the experience meant to them.
The following schools participated in the Boys State program: Trinity/Byrnes Collegiate, 8 participants; Wilson High School, 8 participants; West Florence High School, 12 participants; South Florence High School, 4 participants; Kings Academy, 3 participants; Florence Christian, 1 participant; Hannah-Pamplico High School, 1 participant; and His Blessing Academy, 1 participant; for the Boys.
The Girls State program was represented by students from Carolina Academy, King’s Academy and Johnsonville High School.
“The American Legion is very proud of its children and youth initiatives.,” said Curran. “Boys/Girls State is just one of our programs for our youth. These young men and women are our future leaders and we are proud to say that the community will be in good hands.”
This article was contributed by Ken Curran.