Macon East Academy junior, Jon Maddox represented Macon East at the 81st annual American Legion Alabama Boys State.  Held at the University of Alabama in June, Alabama Boys 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.  At Boys State, student delegates will find the opportunity to build new friendships, participate in a mock government, and hear from and meet a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and others. Delegates will have the opportunity to join interest groups that focus on their individual areas of interest.  Jon was involved in the Engineering and Computer Science interest group where he gained knowledge about current and future technology and the opportunities available in these fields.  The American Legion Boys State provides delegates with an understanding and working knowledge of our democratic society.  Jon said he enjoyed participating as a member of his city and learning more about the city, state, and federal government through the hands-on activities and elections.  Boys State has a long-standing and distinguished history of raising up young mean to be leaders within our state and nation.