On Friday, Boys’ and Girl’s State met for their final joint session, presented by Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar. Making her annual appearance at the session, Dr. Jo delivered more energy than a six pack of Red Bull, inspiring delegates to become fearless leaders. Considered one of the nation’s most vocal personalities on issues of physical activity and the need for physical education in the critical core day, has enlightened and entertained corporate America, non-profit organizations, school personnel, faith-based groups, children/youth, school boards, policy makers, and stake holders for more than 43 years.
Wednesday marked the second joint session between Boys’ and Girl’s States. To kick off the session, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the delegates, speaking about issues ranging from the recent repeal of the death penalty to the economic developments that promise to move our state forward. Ricketts underscored his focus on creating a Nebraska fosters, retains, and attracts the best young talent from all around the world.
Also making an appearance at the Wendesday night session were key members of the University of Nebraska Athletic Department, including basketball coach Tim Miles, volleyball coach John Cook, and members of the University’s softball team.
Rounding out the program was a joint band and choral concert, conducted by Dr. Peter Eklund and Jim Kucera, director of bands at Waverly High School in Waverly, Nebraska.
Tonight, Boys’ State Delegates visited the National Guard Base. We got up close and personal with some of the equipment that the Nebraska National Guard uses to protect Nebraska’s citizens and learned about what these men and women do every day in their jobs at the base.