1998 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representatives Young, Bourdeaux, Horne, Robinson (84th)

House Resolution 17


WHEREAS, Mr. Alex Taylor, the 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Taylor, Sr., was named the 1997 Citgo Male Athlete of the Year, which is a program developed by the National Congress of State Games to honor the foremost male and female athlete from each member state; and

WHEREAS, the 1997 State Games of Mississippi were held in Meridian, June 21-22 and June 27-29, 1997, where more than 4,400 athletes ranging in age from four to 84 competed in 22 sports; and

WHEREAS, the State Games of Mississippi bring together amateur athletes across the state to compete in an olympic atmosphere, with opening ceremonies, lighting of the torch and a parade of athletes, with winners being awarded gold, silver and bronze medals; and

WHEREAS, attending Quitman High School, Mr. Taylor is an active member of the football, powerlifting and track and field teams; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Taylor competed in powerlifting in his weight class, winning the gold medal for the individual and a silver medal in the team events; and

WHEREAS, he was recognized as fifth in the state in his weight class in powerlifting his freshman year, second in the state his sophomore year and this year placed first in the super heavyweight class at the national competition held in St. Louis where he was recognized as best heavy lifter in his age group; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Taylor has participated in the last three State Games, wining a total of six gold medals and two silver medals; and

WHEREAS, exemplifying sportsmanship, effort and a positive attitude, Mr. Taylor was chosen Male Athlete of the Year for his winning participation and outstanding characteristics; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Taylor will have the opportunity to be one of the official torch runners in the 1998 State Games opening ceremonies and work with the State Games of Mississippi throughout the year to promote athletics for all Mississippians; and

WHEREAS, the House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi finds it most appropriate to recognize and commend excellence, especially when evidenced by the youth of our state, who are its future:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Mr. Alex Taylor of Quitman for his being named the 1997 Citgo Male Athlete of the Year, and extend our heartiest wishes in all his future endeavors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Mr. Alex Taylor and the Capitol Press Corps.