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Alabama Boys State

Alabama Boys State 



Aiden Sanders was a delegate at the Eighty-Second American Legion Alabama Boys State.  He was a credit to his community and to Foley High School.  While attending Boys State, Aiden was elected to U.S. Senate.  He will represent his state at Boys Nation in Washington (July 23-31), where the young leaders receive an education on the structure and function of federal government.

At Boys Nation, each delegate acts as a senator from his Boys State. The young lawmakers caucus at the beginning of the session, then organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills submitted by program delegates.

Senators learn the proper method of handling bills, according to U.S. Senate rules. Participation in the political process is emphasized throughout the week, including organization of party conventions and nominating and electing a president and vice president.

His parents are Kathleen and John Sanders.


Background Information on Boys State:

American Legion Alabama Boys State is a leadership program for young men who have completed their junior year of high school and are leaders in their schools and communities.  American Legion Alabama Boys State provides delegates with a working knowledge of how governments function on the city, county, and state levels.  By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, the American Legion believes we can keep America strong for future generations. Acceptance to Alabama Boys State is a privilege granted by invitation only.  Delegates from across the state are selected by their school faculty and community leaders based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation.  Boys State is a full and active week held on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and is one of the state’s highest honors.

At Boys State, students build new friendships, participate in a mock government, and hear from an array of Alabama leaders. These include Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and more. Delegates join interest groups that focus on their individual career goals. In these educational breakout sessions, delegates not only learn from lectures, but develop skill sets through field trips and hands-on exercises. Delegates will also have activity time during which they can participate in recreational activities such as sports, music, drama, and news media.

The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished, long-standing objectives of American Legion Boys States.



Alabama Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and is directed by the retired Judge Pete Johnson of Birmingham, the Assistant Directors are Judge Joel Laird of Anniston and Ret Col. Mark Valentine.