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Burton (center) with fellow delegates in Tuscaloosa

Burton attends Boys State


Baxlee Burton, a Tallassee High School senior, was a delegate at the eighty-fourth American Legion Alabama Boys State, a leadership program for young men that provides participants with a working knowledge of how governments function on a city, county and state level. 

Boys State is a full and active week held on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  Delegates from across the state are selected by school faculty and community leaders based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals and motivation.  The program is for young men who have completed their junior year of high school and are leaders in their school and community. Acceptance is granted by invitation only.

At Boys State, students build new friendships, participate in a mock government and hear from an array of Alabama leaders that include congressmen, state elected officials, business and civic leaders.  Delegates join interest groups that focus on their individual career goals.  In these educational breakout sessions, delegates not only learn from lectures but develop skill sets through field trips and hands-on exercises.  They also have activity time where they participate in sports, music, drama and news media. 

While at Boys State, Burton was elected to the Senate and worked on writing and debating bills that would improve the state of Alabama in various ways.

Burton’s parents are Heather and Lee Burton of Tallassee.