Delegates overlooking the ceremonious bell sitting atop the lectern at Kimball Hall.

Today the bell tolled from the lectern of Kimball Hall, marking the beginning of the 70th session of Cornhusker Boys’ State. On this day, 353 boys from high schools all across the state of Nebraska arrived at Schramm Hall preparing for an experience that could prove to be life-changing. Throughout the week, these boys will hear from some of the best speakers in the state (and beyond), engage in a large-scale political simulation of the Nebraska state government, and in the end, just one boy will emerge as governor of Boys’ State through 2011, and two will be selected for Boys’ Nation, an experience totally beyond comprehension. At today’s assembly, the boys heard from current Boys’ State governor Bryce Cain and from the 2010 Boys’ Nation representatives from the state of Nebraska, among others. Tonight the boys will have their first chance to emerge as leaders, as each town will elect their city councils and state legislature representatives. Check back for updates on those races and more throughout the week. Let Boys’ State 2010 begin!

Delegates of the 70th Annual Cornhusker Boys' State

Above: Delegates getting checked in

Below: Valley Forge and Bataan citizens get to know each other before the assembly

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