Four local teens excel at Boys State

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Next UpAlthough they took advantage of different opportunities, the young men said their experiences were rewarding and having attended has enriched their lives.Davon Elder will be a senior at Goshen High School in the fall. His desire to attend Boys State stemmed from his interest in politics and also from a desire to develop his leadership skills.“What impressed me most about Boys State was that everybody was so serious about what we were doing,” he said. “Everybody seemed like they wanted to get something out of it, not just be there.” Elder’s future plans include enrolling in Troy University’s pre-engineering program and then transferring to another university to complete his degree.Josh Starling, a rising Pike Liberal Arts senior, said that his interest in attending Boys State was directed more toward learning how government works than in the political aspect of the process.“I’m more interested in history than in politics,” Starling said. “I really wasn’t interested in running for an office. But I was a member of the Constitutional Convention and we wrote a new constitution for the state. That was very interesting.”The Limbaugh Constitutional Convention members had to take a hard look at Alabama’s Constitution and then improve on it.“We made the Constitution shorter and we added home rule,” Starling said. “A lot of times there’s a bill that only affects one county. We thought that the counties needed to have more power. Another change to the Constitution was that we lowered the voting age to 17. That’s the age about most of us there and we thought that young people needed more say in government. We also made it a county’s decision whether it is wet or dry.”Starling said he met many new friends and enjoyed the entire Boys State experience. However, the motivational speakers and what they had to say made a lasting impression on him.“They talked a lot about following your dreams and working hard to make them happen,” he said. “They really inspired me to do that.”Starling said his own dream is to attend medical school and become a doctor. And that dream will begin at Troy University.Zachary Pearce was honored to have been invited to attend Boys State and he will be a better leader and a more knowledgeable civics student during his senior year at Pike Liberal Arts because of the experience.“I’m not too interested in politics but I’m interested in government and how it’s run,” he said.For that reason, Pearce said he decided to run for city clerk of Harper City.“I like to write and I take good notes so city clerk seemed like an interesting position,” he said. “I was responsible for keeping notes for the mayor and recording everything that has to be kept regarding the workings of the city.”As city clerk, Pearce’s responsibilities included recording court procedures and the city council meetings with the mayor and five council members.“At a council meeting, it was bought up that the police chief wasn’t doing his job and should be impeached,” Pearce said. “But the council voted to give him a formal warning, and, if any more complaints were made against him, he would be gone.”Harper had been devastated by a tornado and the council had to deal with emergency situations.“We lost one-seventh of our city and had only $20 million to work with,” Pearce said. “Every single cent of it had to be designated to worthwhile causes. The council had to enact laws and ordinances that would govern the city during the time of emergency and develop a plan for rebuilding the city. It was a real challenge.”Pearce plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in computer science.Thomas Graning will be a senior at Charles Henderson High School in the fall and, at this point, he is keeping his options open as to his future plans.However, Graning viewed Boys State as an important stepping stone along whatever path he chooses.“I wanted to attend Boys State because of the opportunities to meet new people and learn more about our government and how it operates,” Graning said. “Boys State was a great experience because it also helped me develop my leadership and citizenship skills.”Graning was appointed the governor’s press secretary and was in charge of all written and visual releases of the state programs and for the releases regarding the 10-year plans for each of the departments of state government.“Each of the state’s departments was to find ways to make improvements,” Graning said. “Each department provided me with their slides and written information. I then worked on a PowerPoint presentation for the entire state. I organized their information, formatted it and made it flow.”The presentation was presented to a select group of government officials.Graning said he had developed presentations but not been responsible for putting together visual and written information from different groups of people.“It was a real learning experience,” he said.A press conference that had been scheduled was canceled so Graning didn’t have an opportunity to relay information to the public.However, his hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed. He was recognized at the state’s most outstanding elected or appointed official. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Four Pike County young men returned Saturday from the Alabama American Legion Boys State held at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from May 29 until June 4.Devon Elder, Josh Starling, Zachary Pearce and Thomas Graning were selected to attend Boys State by American Legion Post 70 in Troy.The purpose of Boys State is to teach young men to understand and appreciate the principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society. By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Latest Storiescenter_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Elder was anxious to participate in government and ran for and was elected to the city of Odom’s House of Representatives.“Being a representative, I learned a lot about parliamentary procedure and what it’s like when the House of Representatives debates a bill and what all it takes to get a bill passed,” Elder said. “One bill that was passed was about teachers being ranked on performance. One that didn’t pass was giving handicapped stickers to pregnant women.”Elder said that sometimes representatives would add amendments to bills and make the process drag on before the bill would eventually pass or fail.“I learned a lot at Boys State,” he said. “It gave me more courage to speak before people and made me aware that I should listen to politicians to make sure that I know what their platforms are so I can make good decisions when voting.” Four local teens excel at Boys State Sponsored Content Published 7:28 am Wednesday, June 8, 2011 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Troy council OKs deal for new industry The City of Troy and the Troy Industrial Development Board have signed the necessary documents to bring a new industry… read more Print Article Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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National Life CEO MacLeay Announces Retirement

first_imgNational Life Group CEO Announces RetirementMontpelier, Vermont (June 10, 2008) – Thomas H. MacLeay announced today that he will retire by year’s end as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Life Group(r). MacLeay will remain as Chairman of the Board of the financial services company.”National Life is strong,” said MacLeay, 58. “This is an excellent time to make the transition to new leadership.”MacLeay, a Vermont native who has worked at National Life for 32 years, has served as President of the company for a total of 11 years and CEO and Chairman for the past six years.”I have accomplished what I set out to do six years ago, which was to strengthen the company’s financial foundation, diversify and grow its businesses, and build an executive team superbly qualified to continue to move the organization forward,” said MacLeay.National Life Group(r), a Fortune 1000 company, serves more than 700,000 customers. With 2007 revenue of $1.4 billion and net income of $109 million, the companies of National Life Group(r) have roughly 900 employees, with most located at the Group’s home office in Montpelier, Vermont. Group companies also maintain offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia.National Life Group(r) (NLGroup) includes its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier in 1848. Also in NLGroup are Life Insurance Company of the Southwest in Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors, all located in Montpelier.David Coates, lead independent director on the National Life Group(r) Board of Directors, said MacLeay has revitalized the company. “The right person in the right place at the right time can change everything – and for National Life, Tom MacLeay has been that person.””When the Board named Tom as CEO, I said no one was better suited, better prepared or better able to fill the leadership post. Time has proven me right. By every measure National Life is stronger and more vibrant today than it was before Tom took over,” said Coates.During MacLeay’s tenure as chief executive officer, National Life Group(r) has experienced exceptional growth by every possible measure. NLGroup’s assets under management jumped from $13 billion in 2002 to $20 billion this year; net income has broken the $100 million mark each of the last two years, and statutory capitalization has been growing at an annual rate of 15 percent since 2002.”Most importantly, Tom has worked to grow and diversify the businesses so that today the company has an excellent and healthy balance of business, with about a third of its assets under management from life insurance, a third from annuities and roughly 25 percent from Sentinel Investments, our asset management company,” said Coates.MacLeay also has been responsible for enhancing National Life Group’s(r) commitment to the environment and its reputation as a socially responsible corporate citizen. Under his leadership the company formed a major charitable foundation and embarked upon an ambitious, multi-faceted project to turn its Montpelier headquarters into a green campus. MacLeay just announced the company will soon begin installing on its roof the largest solar electricity project in the state. National Life Group(r) is on schedule to win coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification this year for its Montpelier headquarters.Coates said he and the other members of the Board are pleased MacLeay will remain as Chairman of the Board, “and that we will still have the benefit of his leadership and vision.”According to Coates, the Board has been focused on leadership development and succession planning for some time in anticipation of MacLeay’s retirement. The Board has already begun a process to select a successor.MacLeay joined National Life in 1976 as a security analyst, rapidly advancing through the management ranks and serving in pivotal positions at critical times in the company’s growth and expansion. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996; in 2002 he was named Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.MacLeay said he is looking forward to continuing a role with the company as Chairman of the Board, and is also eager to have time for other endeavors. “Charlotte and I are looking forward to spending more time with our children and grandchildren and hope to do some extended travel,” he said. “We are both active with several organizations, have deep roots in the local community and have no plans to change our primary residence.”MacLeay is Chairman of the Board of Sentinel Group Funds, Inc., and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chittenden Trust Company and the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation. He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Air Force Aid Society.The MacLeays live in Montpelier. They have two grown children, David MacLeay and Kate MacLeay Crespo, and two grandchildren.###About National Life Group(r)National Life Group(r) is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.National Life, a Fortune 1000 company, serves more than 700,000 customers. With 2007 revenue of $1.4 billion and net income of $109 million, members of National Life Group(r) employ roughly 900 employees, with most located at its home office in Montpelier, VT. Group companies also maintain offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia.The Group is made up of its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, Vermont in 1848; Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors, all located in Montpelier.National Life Group(r) is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company and its affiliates. National Life Insurance Company’s variable insurance products are distributed by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. Sentinel Funds are distributed by Sentinel Financial Services Company, Member FINRA/SIPC. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest offers fixed insurance products in all states except New York. All companies referenced are affiliates of National Life Group(r). Each company of the National Life Group(r) is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations.last_img read more