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B-L High 2017 Girls/Boys’ State Participants Selected

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Leesville-Batesburg American Legion Auxiliary Post 61 is pleased to announce the selection of the 2016 delegates from Batesburg-Leesville High School to the 71st annual Palmetto Girls’ State to be held at Presbyterian College June 11-17.

Delegates representing American Legion Auxiliary Post 61 are Meredith Black, daughter of Wayne Black and Deana Black; Hallie Keisler, daughter of Melissa Keisler; Paige Kaiser, daughter of Pam Kaiser; and Beth Ann Puryear, daughter of Eddie and Jan Puryear.

The selection of the participants is based on: (1) leadership ability, (2) interest in government, (3) scholarship, (4) character, (5) maturity, (6) cooperativeness, and (7) a desire to participate in the Palmetto Girls State program.

Palmetto Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary (a veteran’s service organization) and is a hands-on application of Americanism and good citizenship. The week emphasizes the democratic process and the principles of God and country. The program is one of the most visible and dynamic sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

The 2017 session of Palmetto Boys’ State will be held on the campus of Anderson University, June 11-17. The purpose of Boys’ State is to train these young men to appreciate our form of government and the concepts of American democracy, its functions and its heritage.

Leesville-Batesburg American Legion Post 61 is being represented by young men from the rising senior class of Batesburg-Leesville High School. Participants include: Antwon Cannon, son of Antonio and Alice Cannon; Cooper Gettys, son of Jody and Marsha Gunter; Wells Hallman, son of Todd and Sadie Hallman; and Tristan Wheeler, son of Damone and Lisa Wheeler.

2017 Batesburg-Leesville High Girls’ State delegates

L-R: Seated – Hallie Keisler and Paige Kaiser

Standing: Deborah Thomas, Meredith Black and Beth Ann Puryear

2017 Batesburg-Leesville High Boys’ State delegates

L-R: Seated – Antwon Cannon and Cooper Gettys

Standing: Tristan Wheeler, Wells Hallman and John Kneece

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