Rising South Fulton High School seniors selected to attend Boys State, Girls State
Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:55 pm
A rising senior at South Fulton High School will join girls from across the state to gain hands-on experience in government through American Legion Auxiliary’s Volunteer Girls State program.
The 64th session of Girls State will begin Sunday at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The attendees will form and run a “mock” government by “meeting, living and working with other young female leaders from across the state,” according to the website. The week-long program is a non-partisan, non-political attempt to teach and instill a love of God and country by placing participants in a dozen “cities” and dividing them into two political parties. The young women also have the opportunity to run for, or be appointed to, public offices on the city, county and state level. Their efforts encompass petitioning, giving speeches, addressing real-life issues that affect people at the level of office the candidate is seeking as well as interacting with “constituents.”
The girls learn leadership skills, history and civics and also enjoy participation in Girls’ State Olympics, Fast Song and Jeopardy.
At the end of the week, the group of young women that best demonstrates an ability to work in harmony toward excellence is named “Best City.”
Special guest speakers address the group daily and bonds are forged across the Volunteer State as these outstanding young women grow in their appreciation of the opportunities afforded them by this nation and the responsibilities they are expected to accept as outstanding citizens.
The delegate to the 2010 experience from South Fulton is Hope Na-bors, daughter of Joey and Lisa Nabors and the granddaughter of Joel and Barbara Nabors and Terry and Brenda Pulley.
Miss Nabors is involved in Beta Club, Future Busi-ness Leaders of America and FCCLA.
Her alternate is Raegan Perry, daughter of Tony and LeAnne Perry and the granddaughter of Charles and Carol Bennett.
Miss Perry is involved in Beta Club and serves as FCCLA vice president.
Male members of the class of 2011 who have been selected to take part in American Legion Boys State have been on campus at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville this week.
The purpose of the Boys State program is to provide a participatory experience in which young men can determine the role, purpose and ways in which local, county and state governments operate.
Legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs are all part of the hands-on program that closely mirrors Girls State.
Representing South Ful-ton High School at Boys State is Alex Gallien, son of Shane and Tina Hill and Tommy and Michelle Gallien. He is a member of the Beta Club, the football team and the basketball team. He is also a member of the South Fulton Baptist Church youth group.
His alternate is Beau Rinker, son of John and Linda Rinker and the grandson of Bill and Shirley Crawford. He is a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Club, football team and Fulton First Church of the Nazarene youth group.
Published in The Messenger 6.3.10