Meet the Candidates

Tuesday was the first opportunity for both the Federalist and Nationalist parties to meet the candidates they would be voting for later in the day. The delegates running for office were given time to introduce themselves and sharing why their fellow Staters should cast their ballot for them. Then members of the audience were able to ask direct towards each candidate to hear their responses.

Platforms Have Been Set

The Boys’ State towns split into their two parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, this morning to develop their party platforms. The morning was full of political debate, insightful discussion, and at the end of the morning their party candidates had their stances on which to campaign.

Some of the Nationalist Party stances are:

  • For Genetically Modified Domestic Crops
  • Against the Keystone Pipeline
  • For the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana
  • For Education and Mental Health Reform.

Some of the Federalist Party stances are:

  • For a flat income tax rate
  • For statewide education assistance and job training
  • For 2nd Amendment Right to bare arms
  • For Renewable Energy
  • For Agricultural education

The “Red” Hug

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.

During Dr. Jo’s keynote address Monday evening she shared the touching story of her husband “Red” and an unexpected hug she received just two weeks after he passed. When Raymond “Red” Nauslar passed away on May 12th, 2014 Dr. Jo made the decision to still attend Boys’ State and give her keynote session, as she had numerous times. At the end of her 60 minute presentation, even though she gave her speech with the same energy and excitement as always, a Boys’ Stater sitting in the front row of Kimball Hall, an citizen of Alamo, raised his hand and said it looked like she needed a hug and asked if it would be alright if he gave her one. As Dr. Jo recalled tonight, that hug was the exact reason she decided to still speak to the delegates. “I needed you more than you needed me. I needed that hug.”

After Dr. Jo finished her talk and she walked back stage, she was greeted by counselors and staff congratulating her on another successful year when senior counselor, Landon Schmitt, approached her and let her know he was the stater 3 years ago who, while wearing the same color as her husband’s name, asked a simple question, but one that meant the world to a person in need. Dr. Jo’s face lit up and she embraced him. They spoke for a minute before Dr. Jo grabbed him by the hand and ran back out on stage to proudly introduce him to the delegation.

Landon Schmitt and Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar

Dr. Jo Inspires and Excites Joint Session

The keynote session on Monday night was the always popular “Secure Your Own Mask, FIRST!” by Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar. The dynamic speaker provided plenty of movement and motivation to the crowd of nearly 800 delegates. Dr. Jo’s message is about healthy lifestyles, both mental and physical health.


The Trouble with Flying Robots

Drone journalism was the topic at this mornings session in Kimball Hall.  Professor Matt Waite of the UNL Drone Journalism Lab engaged delegates in lively discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities presented by drone technology.  The discussion touched on topics like misconceptions about drone capabilities, practical applications in agriculture, and how technological advances can out paced regulation.