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Elected Officials Speak to Boys State Delegates; Officers Chosen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

American Legion Boys State activities featured a host of elected state officials coming to The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus this week, along with elections for the eventís simulated city governments, state legislature and state executive offices. Visiting state leaders who spoke to delegates about their duties as elected public servants included State Treasurer Tate Reeves; Attorney General Jim Hood; State Sen. Billy Hewes; and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, among other presenters.

Boys State is a week of programming that teaches young men from across the state the mechanics of the American political systems and the inner workings of local, state and national government through simulated campaigns and legislative initiatives, among other activities. This is the 71st year of the programís existence and the first year it has been held at Southern Miss. (University Communications photos by David Tisdale)

Laertez Manyfield of Jackson, left, a Federalist Party candidate for insurance commissioner, gives a campaign speech as his opponent, Sam Newman of Sumrall, a Nationalist Party candidate for the same office, waits his turn to speak Wednesday in Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Delegates participated in simulated elections designed to give them a better understanding of the political process.

State Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport, a Southern Miss graduate and President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, speaks to American Legion Boys State delegates Tuesday about the legislative process. As a former Boys State participant, Hewes connected with the delegates and related his experiences as a delegate when he was in high school.

American Legion Boys State delegates Nathan Slater, left, of Ridgeland and Chad Smith of Madison cast their votes Wednesday for Boys State statewide offices at a polling station in the Southern Miss R.C. Cook University Union.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, a Southern Miss alumnus, speaks with American Legion Boys State delegates Will Pillow, center, of Tupelo and Jonathon Ferguson of Jackson Wednesday prior to Bryantís address to the delegates at Southern Missí Bennett Auditorium. 

American Legion Boys State officers elected by their peers in a Wednesday election include, from left, Sam Newman of Sumrall, Commissioner of Insurance; Cayce Seal of Bay St. Louis, State Auditor; Ralpheal Patton of Pascagoula, Secretary of State; Caleb Swindall of Laurel, Governor; Will Pillow of Tupelo, Lieutenant Governor; Joseph Maxwell of Jackson, Attorney General; Jack Spencer of Madison, State Treasurer; and Richard Shaw of Greenwood, Commissioner of Agriculture. The election was part of the weekís programming to give delegates a better understanding of the political process through a simulated campaign for office.

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