Bataan, a wonderland for the outgoing

Coming from Lincoln, Nebraska, I have grown accustomed to being around a large variety of people, with different interests, backgrounds, etc. etc.; however, going to Northeast High School, it did not prepare me for what I have experienced here so far. The registration was not only organized and streamlined, but it was full of some of the most polite people I have had the pleasure of meeting, with such a surprising concentration of them under one roof. Aside from being polite, they were also extremely outgoing, each and every one of them excited to start talking to someone, anyone, who would listen. While every school has their collection of leaders and scholars, some more than others, seeing so many in one place was quite a surprise, but a welcome one. Specifically, Bataan has some of the most sincere, intelligent, ambitious and outgoing people I have ever seen assembled thus far, with a wide variety of origins that they have traveled far and wide from. Even though with such a variety of people, from very different places and with very different lives, they have been able to come together like they have lived down the street from each other for years. I can not speak for any other town, but Bataan certainly seems to have developed strong relationships already that will be interesting to see where they go. The future is unknown, but what seems to be already set in stone is that Bataan will grow unbreakable bonds, maybe even stronger than anywhere else.

School Boards Learn and Interact

Last night each city elected five members to serve on their school board.  Today, delegates attended an educational workshop to learn about how school boards work and to discuss current issues facing school districts.   Marsha Herring of the Nebraska State School Boards Association gave an interactive presentation covering procedures, regulations, and hot topics in the world of education. She addressed several topics with the new board members asking, “what do you think a school board should do?”  Mrs. Herring serves 1700 school board members across Nebraska providing them education and support.

Following the workshop, delegates will hold their own school board meetings to practice what they’ve learned.

Bataan Town Report

By: Andrew Graff

The town that is number eight in team rankings and number one in it’s citizen’s hearts is known by many as Bataan. However, that won’t be true for long as everyone knows there are certain actions that a team must take in order to be successful. The first is to carry out the basic task of establishing offices on the school board, the city council, and the legislature. Bataan held elections, as everyone does, on Sunday night. Bataan elected John Brockmeier of Kearney to govern this fair city as mayor. The city council members are Logan Rebbe, Casey Brentlinger, Kort Dye, Tyler Pester, and Victor Zamora. The senators of Bataan are Peter Owens, Noah Anderson, Noah Keck, Colby Sluka, Ethan Carlson, Riley Mrkvicka, and Shane Feller. Finally, the school board is comprised of Peter Emanuel, Sam Elgert, Michael Beck, Benjamin Rathjen, and Riley Backemeyer. The first meeting of the newly elected school board took place today in the lounge area of the 9th floor. At the meeting, concerned citizens raised alarms about numerous topics ranging from inappropriately named “awards” to curse laden rants from teachers. The final section of the meeting consisted of reports from the principals of the elementary, middle, and high schools. Then, the head of the school board brought the meeting to a close. Overall, if the rest of the week for the Bataan town goes this well, they may retake the glory they so rightfully deserve.

Bataan: More than Meets the Eye

By: Andrew Graff

So the first day in the uncharted territory of Boys’ State begins. Many people are surely feeling different emotions and thoughts now. They could be feeling nervous, excited, unsure, a mixture of all three or others. Despite what emotions the participants are feeling today, they can rest assured and know that while this is surely going to be unlike anything else that they have experienced, it will be the kind of experience that may not present itself ever again within the person’s lifetime. What makes this experience so unique is the independence this event gives to the participants. The idea that everyone will hold a specific public office with its own set of responsibilities is an exciting (and daunting) one indeed. However, as everyone is aware, there is a host of other activities to take part in outside of running for office. Some people will take part in various sporting activities, others will engage in the fine arts, and finally some will join the media. Whatever activity the various members choose to take part in, they can rest assured in that the key to success is determination. No person started or will start something already an expert in that field, the great people that have been remembered throughout history excelled in their fields because they put in the time and effort to become those great people. While the independence experienced here will be frightening for many, they can take solace in being determined individuals throughout their stay here.

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