• 36°

Bob Jones seniors return from 2013 Alabama Boys State

Delegates to Boys State stand in formation of the state's image on the University of Alabama campus. (CONTRIBUTED)
Delegates to Boys State stand in formation of the state’s image on the University of Alabama campus. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – Practices of city and state government became real-life experiences recently for six incoming seniors to Bob Jones High School.

Delegates from Madison to the 77th annual Alabama Boys State were Charles Boyd, Daniel Lang, Joe Paschall, Brian Tachias, Victor Widgren and Adam Woelke.

American Legion sponsors Alabama Boys State, which convened at the University of Alabama campus for one week in June. The Boys State leadership program trains incoming seniors who show promise as campus leaders.

Boyd and Woelke were elected by their peers to positions within the ‘state government.’

Lang was awarded the Aubrey Perry Scholarship for epitomizing “the spirit, compassion, values and living the example” for the organization, American Legion spokesperson Braxton Bridgers said.

In addition, Lang was elected to the House of Representatives, City Council and party platform committee. “Daniel participated in the City Interest Group where he developed a plan for the recruitment of an economic development project for his Boys State city,” Bridgers said.

“My favorite part of Boys State was forming the friendships with the other outstanding young men I met there,” Lang said. “Very quickly, we established a brotherly atmosphere.”

Lang said he learned the political system’s functions at the city, county and state levels. “Most importantly, though, I gained an understanding of what it means to be a leader. To lead, one must possess a vision, pursue it persistently and set an example for others to follow,” he said.

Lang remained on the UA campus except to perform community service work. Other delegates involved in certain interest groups took field trips.

Retired Judge Pete Johnson of Birmingham directs Boys State, along with assistant directors Judge Joel Laird of Anniston and Ted Copeland of Carrollton.

For more information, visit alboysstate.org.

Madison

Barney, a facility dog, comforts and reassures students

Madison

Playground revamps underway for Madison elementaries

Madison

Large turnout expected for All-Girls State Chess Championship

Business

Goldfish Swim School opens in Madison, plans to host free Community Family Swim Event Feb. 3

Madison

Mill Creek Robo-Crew take Breakthrough Award at UAH

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Lionettes awarded in hip-hop, pom at regionals

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Baseball organizing for new season

Discovery Middle School

Gifted Specialists fill broad needs of 20% of students

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

James Clemens High School

Wyche earns full-tuition scholarship from Cameron Education Foundation

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

Huntsville

Rookie Rally Chess Tournament returns to Blossomwood

Huntsville

Arts Huntsville awards $280,000 in grants to area arts organizations

x