Cornhusker Boys’ State 2018 has officially begun on the campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Several participants arrived this afternoon from all corners of the state of Nebraska to experience one of the most memorable moments of their lives.
Cornhusker Boys’ State is sponsored by the American Legion. It is a program designed to elevate the participants’ knowledge in government and politics. During the course of the program, the participants will have the opportunity to run for a public office, including governor, Secretary of State, mayor, and other countless numbers of positions.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this prestigious leadership program that will supply me with vital information about the government,” Boys Stater Nathan Schumacher from Columbus Scotus High School said.
As the first day of Boys’ State comes to a close, the members are becoming more comfortable with their new environment. 2018 Boys’ State lasts throughout the entire week from Sunday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 9th. At the conclusion of this program, the participants will realize the benefits of attending Boys’ State, such as meeting new people.
One of the toughest decisions that many Boys’ Staters encounter is they must decide what office they want to run and campaign for. Many participants must step outside their comfort zone so they can stand out from other candidates and receive more votes. The governor is one position that requires the candidates to be leading figures at Boys’ State.
As the week progress, the Boys’ Staters will receive leadership roles that are distinguishable from their classmates from their schools. Also, the participants will possess some of the greatest memories of their lives.
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.
Hello all! My name is Riley Knust and, as the serving Governor, it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Cornhusker Boys State 2018. Going into Boys State last year, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew is that I’d play some sports, maybe run for an office, and meet some cool guys. I’m sure many of you are in the same spot. During this week, there will be a multitude of opportunities to better yourself while always having fun. The key to having a successful and memorable week here at Boys State is to simply get involved. Whether that be running for a town position, interviewing for the judicial branch, crafting and debating bills in the legislature, or maybe even running for Governor; there is a chance for you to experience something new, leave your mark, and come home with unique stories. None of that is what normal high school seniors do, but I urge you to get involved, you won’t regret it. This week you will learn how to be a good citizen, but I believe the greatest thing to take away is the connections and friendships you will make. I wish you all the best of luck and I look forward to seeing all your accomplishments!
By: Presta Sybrent
How well any food tastes depends entirely on how much the chef wishes to do their job. Whether these chefs are being compensated for their work or not should be inconsequential because of how important their job is to others. Cafeteria food is often considered a controversial topic; a topic that is valued by some and disliked by others. In the end, the most important aspect of cafeteria food is how healthy and nutritious it is for those consuming it.
The meals at Boys’ State range every day from pizza, burgers, and even chicken tenders. However, the variety is inconsequential because, in the end, all choices will give the nutrition that the citizens of Boys’ State need to be healthy throughout the week. The only negative possibility of the nutrition of the cafeteria food in relation to the health of the Boys’ State citizens is that certain citizens decide to be selective about what they would and would not like to eat. What a person chooses to eat and not to eat is their personal business. Regardless, all citizens of Boys’ State will find themselves walking many miles this week; these miles add to the necessary exercise regardless of the food consumed. In the end, the citizens of Boys’ State can rest peacefully knowing that an entire staff of well-trained chefs are here to make their Boys’ State experience as memorable as possible with generous buffets three times each day.
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.