Jake Wyrosdick represented Macon East Academy at the 82nd annual American Legion Alabama’s Boys State. The week long event was held at the University of Alabama May 25 – June 1. Alabama Boys and Girls State is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. Students from across the state are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in school and community activities. 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. During the week at Boys State, Jake served as recreation director for his city, was selected to the city council, and served on the rules committee for the Nationalist party. The delegates enjoyed hearing from Alabama civic leaders, working alongside the veteran members of the American Legion, and a visit from Coach Nick Saban.

Emi Lott represented Macon East Academy at this year’s Alabama Girls State. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Alabama Girls State is a premier youth leadership program which offers a one-of-a-kind experience to its delegates. The 77th Session of Alabama Girls State was held on the campus of The University of Alabama June 9-14. During the Alabama Girls State program, delegates have the opportunity to learn about local and state government through a variety of speakers, workshops, and activities. The American Legion members and veterans instill a unique understanding of our government and love of country in each participant at Girls and Boys State. Emi said, “I enjoyed every part of Girls State, and although I wasn’t elected to office, I became much more confident in public speaking.” She also enjoyed participating in mock government among her city and served on several committees for her city and party.