Secretary of State Merrill Visits St. Benedict School
Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill recently visited St. Benedict School in Elberta to recognize and celebrate its centennial year anniversary. “St. Benedict has helped you build a robust academic foundation and steadfast moral compass that will enable you to achieve great things, as long as you always hold these gifts close to your heart,” he said to the school’s as he addressed the upcoming eighth grade graduates. Merrill discussed the aspects of public service, the importance of voting, and the role that young people can play in shaping the future through civic engagement and participation. Merrill was accompanied by St. Benedict alumnus, Judge of Probate Tim Russell (Baldwin County, retired) and his wife & retired St. Benedict teacher, Sandy Russell. “If I can leave you with one piece of advice, it is to read. Read a lot. Read about anything you enjoy. Never stop. This is the single best tool for success,” Merrill told the students before leaving campus. Pictured: Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and St. Benedict Principal Dr. Kathy McCool.