HEPHZIBAH, GA -- Hephzibah High School recently sent 11 JROTC Cadets ( 6 young women and five young men ) to be delegates at Georgia Girls State and Georgia Boys State. This is an exceedingly high number of delegates to be selected from one school in a single year. Normally, a school will send 1-2 girls and 1-2 boys for the week-long, immersive experience in local and state government. American Legion Post 178 and the American Legion Auxiliary from Post 178 in Augusta, Georgia secured funding for these Cadets to attend the program. Delegates’ tuition, room and board and paid entirely by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.
This year’s Girls State delegates from Hephzibah were Cadets Kenye Morris, Mikayla Patterson (who has also been selected as a National Delegate for the Military Order of the World Wars National Youth Leadership Conference), Isis Koyanagi, Selena Maldonado, Jenna Morris and Celeste Blanton (a JROTC Medal of Heroism recipient).
This year’s Boys State delegates from Hephzibah were Cadets Justin Greeley, Khalil Lary, Gabriel Santos-Cunningham, Josh Mason, and Jeromy Cole .
These Cadets were selected by their Senior Army Instructor, LTC (R) Travis Burchett, and the school administration based on a combination of grades, aptitude, character and potential. These Cadets’ attendance at Boys and Girls State bring Hephzibah High School JROTC Cadet attendance to an amazing 25 delegates over the last 4 years.
Post 178 American Legion Auxiliary was also able to secure slots for two girls from Grovetown High School JROTC, Kylee Graham and Rachel Eaves, to attend Girls State with the Hephzibah Girls.