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Palmetto Boy’s and Girl’s State Graduates Reception

American Legion and Auxiliary Post 93 hosted their Annual Youth Reception Thursday, August 3rd at the American Legion Post 93. The reception is held every year to honor the sponsors and participants of the Palmetto Boys and Girls State. The 2017 graduates for Palmetto Boys State for Colleton County include: John Lucas Bell, William Joseph Bryan, James Vernon Goodwin, Keely Marshall Murdaugh, Thomas Campbell Pryor, James Reeves Schrimpf, Colin Edward Thomas, and Garrett Jospeh Tyler. The graduates for the Palmetto Girls State include: Anni Walters Crook, Campbell Rebecca Crook, Rachel Ann Dandridge, Heather Caroline Jones, Emily Grace Martin, Olivia Taylor Phillips, Alize Pryor, Ashlyn Elizabeth Rawles, and Alicia Marie Roberson. The opening ceremony was an introduction to the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 93 and the importance of sending the selected youth to Palmetto Boys and Girls State. As in true southern tradition, the awards ceremony began with the Palmetto Girl graduates, who each reminisced over the loud and exciting week they had. For many of the graduates the story began with how reluctant they were to attend the week long camp, and the conversations they had with their parents on the way, wondering if this was a good decision to attend. After the initial shock of arriving each girl explained how it ended up being one of the most memorable weeks of their life. Campbell Crook said, “Helped grow my leadership skills” and Rachel Dandridge said, “It was an amazing experience.” Many of the girls who attended ran for elected positions and won. Emily Martin said, “I had a great time. I ran for city council the first night and won.” Following the girl graduates, the Palmetto Boy graduates showed off some of their etiquette skills and possible future politicking abilities, they each introduced their family members who attended the ceremony. Like the Palmetto Girl Graduates, the Palmetto Boy Graduates had similar apprehensions for the week, but each was happy they attended. Garrett Tyler had some strong feelings about his experience during the week, “It truly shaped me as a man.” After receiving their certificates, The American Legion also honored those individuals and businesses that contributed to the cause and thanked their members who spend a large majority of their time raising money to ensure these students attend state each year. Included in the ceremony’s programs was a quote that sums up the reason the American Legion and Auxiliary invest in these youth programs year after year, “Community support is an investment in our future and the continuation of our Democratic government and ideals.”

Amye Stivender (106 Posts)