Five students have been chosen as Palmetto Boys State citizens from Black River Post 149 Inc. of New Zion to participate in The American Legion Palmetto Boys State for 2017 at Anderson University from June 1 to 17.
Bradley Floyd, son of Brad and Shelly Floyd of New Zion, attends The Carolina Academy, Lake City, where he is a member of Beta Club and is an honor student. He is a member of the STCA theater group and TCA's 2016 chorus. He is active in football and baseball and was a member of Future Farmers of America at East Clarendon High School in Turbeville. Bradley is a member of Barrineau Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he is a member of the youth group.
Dalton Wade Holcombe, son of Randy and Jeanette Holcombe of Alcolu, attends Laurence Manning Academy in Manning. He plays football and baseball and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Carson Woodard Lowder, son of Chuck and Debbie Lowder of Pamplico, attends Laurence Manning Academy. He plays varsity football and is on the golf team. He is a member of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society and is a Relay 4 Life volunteer.
William McGill Matthews, son of Mac and Stacy B. Matthews of Lake City, attends The Carolina Academy, where he plays football, baseball and is captain of the golf team. He is a member of block CA, Beta Club, Honor Society and FCA. He is also a member of Lake City First Baptist Church Youth Group Step Up and Lead.
Braydon Dawson Osteen, son of Layne and Kim Osteen of Sumter, attends Laurence Manning Academy, where he plays football and baseball and is a member of FCA.
There will be more than 1,000 citizens attending the vigorous week of intense training in local, county and state government. Attendees will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, state comptroller, Supreme Court justice and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In addition, they can take classes in law and newspaper editing as well as participate in the PBS band.