Brooks Jackson attended the 77th annual American Legion Alabama Boys State, held at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in early 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 participated in a mock government and heard from and met a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as congressmen, state elected officials, business and civic leaders and others. Delegates also had the opportunity to join interest groups that focused on their individual areas of interest such as law school, fire college, law enforcement academy, aerospace academy, lobbyists, city government, county government, constitutional convention, engineer/computer academy, and environmental interest group. Delegates also got to make new friends and participate in recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer and academic bowl.

“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,” the organization said in a press release. “By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished, long-standing objectives of American Legion Boys States.”

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veterans organization. It is now a community service organization with some 3 million members in 15,000 posts worldwide.

Jackson, a rising senior at Sylacauga High School, was selected by the faculty and staff to representSHS atAlabama Boys State. He will be serving SHS as Student Council president for the upcoming school year. He also plays football and baseball, is a member of the S Club, National Honor Society and Student Council, and was junior class president last year. He is a member of First United Methodist Church of Sylacauga.

His parents are Mark and Wendy Arnold of Sylacauga and Scott Jackson of Vestavia Hills. His grandparents are Harold and Becky Brooks of Sylacauga.