Local teen awarded top honor

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton teen has received the highest honor awarded at the annual state-wide Boy's State mock legislative convention sponsored by the American Legion each year.
   Bradley Brown, 17, was elected as the governor of this year's gathering of the Boy's State program, according to John L. Bowers, Jr., the Boy's State Chairman for the local Watauga Post #49 of the American Legion.
   Brown, a Junior at Elizabethton High School, is the son of Scott and Jackie Brown, 1162 Powder Branch Road. He plays golf and basketball at EHS and has aspirations to become a biomedical engineer after completing high school, according to Bowers.
   "We do this (Boy's State) annually," Bowers said. "We send a delegate from each of the five local high schools and pay all their expenses."
   Boy's State is a mock legislative conference that is held each year at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. "They have mayors, municipal governments, a state legislature and they elect a governor," Bowers said, adding that the office of Governor is the highest role a participant at Boy's State can achieve. "It's based on the Tennessee state government."