A Leeds native recently had the privilege to be a delegate at the 82nd American Legion Alabama Boys State, an event that was adjourned on June 1.
A student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Joey Baxter, 17, was also active in the Constitutional Convention where he helped to do research, evaluation and discussion of the state constitution, as well as “principles of governance in a democratic society,” stated a press release from the American Legion.
Community service seems to run in Baxter’s family as his grandmother, Barbara Carney, is a volunteer for Leeds Outreach, which is a value that the American Legions’ Boys State program requires for young men who have completed their junior year in high school.
The Boys State was held at the University of Alabama where delegates network and meet with various political and business leaders, as well as participate in mock governments along with other activities.
For his work at the convention, Baxter was offered scholarships from three schools, namely $1,000 from the University of Alabama, $2,500 from the University of West Alabama and $3,000 from Marion Military Institute.