Boys’ State Visits the Capitol

An annual tradition at Boys’ State is the Friday trip to the state capitol.  The legislature debates in the Warner chambers, the  judicial branch hears cases behind the bench in the supreme courtroom, and delegates meet senators for a unicameral update.  Additionally, a highlight is exploring the magnificent capitol building and catching a view from the observatory.

     

Outstanding Citizen Medal Winners 2017

Eight Cornhusker Boys’ State delegates were named “Outstanding Citizens” during the 2017 graduation ceremony. The outstanding citizen medal is awarded to one delegate from each boys state town.  This award is particularly special because the winners are selected by a vote of their peers. Congratulations to the winners.

Bunker Hill – Philip Turner of Lincoln (Pius X)

Valley Forge – Riley Knust of Plymouth (Tri County Schools)

Yorktown – Josef Stevens of Norfolk

Gettysburg – Daniel Fu of Omaha (Millard North)

Alamo – Nicholas Koehler of Omaha (Central)

Manila Bay – Jonathan Copley of Offut AFB

Bataan – Noah Keck of Crete

Belleau Wood – Kevin Downs of Kearney

Courts in Session at the Capitol

The Cornhusker Boys’ State Supreme Court was in session in the Nebraska State Supreme Courtroom at the State Capitol.  In order to become a member of the judiciary, a CBS citizen must generally be appointed by the sitting Boys’ State Governor.

Citizens seeking a judicial appointment to either the Supreme Court or one of the two District Courts must appear before a nominating committee, typically comprised of each pair of candidates (Nationalist and Federalist) for high political office who survive the primary election. The nominating committee forwards it recommendations to the Governor for final appointment. Once appointed, members of the judiciary are formally sworn-in by a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court.  In addition, the Cornhusker Boys’ State Supreme Court traditionally participates in a mock case within the dignified courtroom of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

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