Softball and Volleyball Competition Heats Up

This afternoon, on the sand courts in front of Harper Hall and on the Mabel Lee Fields, delegates showed that they are not only intelligent, community-minded young men, but also fierce athletic competitors.

Valley Forge and Bunker Hill face off in sand volleyball.

A Bunker Hill delegate strives for the set.

Counselor Daniel Stalder is one of the many counselors who act as referee and scorekeeper.

A delegate from Bataan keeps his eye on the ball during the Alamo/Bataan softball game.

A Yorktown delegate swings for the ball.

Despite their fiercely competitive natures, the delegates are excellent examples of good sportsmanship.

Bo Pelini Coaches Delegates for Success

After the athletic intensity of the track meet followed by a quick stop for dinner, the delegates assembled in Kimball to hear presentations and to inaugurate their Justices and other elected officials. The delegates were privileged to an address by Cornhusker Football Head Coach Bo Pelini. Coach Pelini emphasized that competition is not about winning or losing, but about becoming the best possible person one can be.  At the same time, Coach Pelini was clearly optimistic about the upcoming Husker Football season. Following Pelini’s presentation, the delegates heard from John Gerrard, Nebraska Supreme Court Justice; John Bruning, Nebraska Attorney General; and Mike Flood, Speaker of Nebraska Unicameral. These three prominent Nebraska government officials discussed their roles, upcoming elections, and answered delegates’ questions. After this informative presentation, the 2011 Boys’ State Justices and elected officials were inaugurated by Honorable Mr. Gerrard. Before the assembly concluded, candidates and PACs had the opportunity to purchase some microphone time to advertise their cause, of which several delegates took advantage.

Coach Pelini Addresses the Delegates.

The Justices and Officials-Elect Share the Stage with Coach Pelini.

Justice John Gerrard, Speaker Mike Flood, and Attorney General John Bruning.

The 2011 Boys’ State Associate Justices are Sworn-in.

A PAC Representative Grabs Some Advertising Time At the End of the Assembly.

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