Late this evening, delegates from all of Boys’ State made their way down to the first floor of Schramm Hall to file as competitors in the races for State, County, and Judicial offices. As candidates turned in their forms, the air around them buzzed with hope, determination, excitement, and faint apprehension for the impending campaigns.
Eager Candidates Waiting:
Election Commissioners Prepared to Perform Their Duty:
The Filing Begins:
Elected this afternoon were four leadership positions in the Boys’ State Unicameral:
Speaker: Nick Schreiner
Clerk: Cody Fischer
Sergeant-at-Arms: Alex Wessels
Chaplain: Isaiah Bockelman
There is little doubt that their leadership will guide the Unicameral through a productive week.
Tonight, members of the Nationalist Party met on the second floor lounge of Schramm Hall. Guided by the expertise of Redcoat Marcus Donner and the insights of Governor Bryce Cain, the delegates set about establishing their key beliefs and stances. Their first order of business, however, was to elect a Chairman and Secretary to lead their meeting. Chosen for the esteemed position of Chairman was Adam Stolzer of Bataan.
Filling the equally prestigious position of Secretary was Nicholas Pease of Bunker Hill.
Their officers having taken command, the delegates began tossing about general ideas on what they wished to stand for and accomplish as a party this week. Among the ideas they discussed were education, healthcare, gun rights, alternative energy, cleaner environment, agricultural subsidies and tax breaks, balancing the budget, legalization of gambling, bringing-in and keeping jobs in Nebraska, supporting the armed forces, international trade, web technologies, life issues, and public safety. Fierce debate ensued between the delegates as each member vied to state his case for the best platform.
In the end, the leadership of Stolzer and Pease, coupled with the guidance of Counselor Donner and Governor Cain, helped the party to overcome many of its members’ differences and construct a solid groundwork. Tomorrow afternoon, the parties will meet in full force to lay the planks atop the foundation laid tonight.
Earlier this evening, sixteen boys came forward with the backing of their parties and towns and formally announced their interest in running for state governor by filing for the ballot. Each boy will campaign for their party’s vote until the Thursday gubernatorial primary, at which point one boy will represent each party, and they will have just one more day to campaign to the whole delegation of Cornhusker Boys’ State. After an hour and a half debate Friday morning, the vote will take place, leaving only one boy to become Boys’ State Governor 2010-2011. Here are the candidates.
Nick Gabriel, Bunker Hill
Andrew Prystai, Valley Forge
Cody Lindley, Yorktown
Logan Baker, Gettysburg
Taylor James, Alamo
Jake Nelson, Manila Bay
Daniel Carlson, Bataan
Steven Craig, Belleau Wood
Peter Lopez, Bunker Hill
Nick "Nickit" Schreiner, Yorktown
Ben Crelin, Gettysburg
AJ Braband, Alamo
Taylor Menke, Manila Bay
Alejandro Ramirez, Manila Bay
Evan Bartels, Bataan
Brennan Costello, Belleau Wood
Hello once again! As we begin to wind down here on Monday night, there are still a few key things that need to get accomplished. We have our platform meetings and then I will be interviewing and appointing people to positions in the Judicial Branch.
The party platform meetings are very important. Last year when I participated in the meeting, we outlined a platform that the candidates used later in the week in their campaigns and speaking points. It’s important that you create a favorable platform that is well-liked and not too specific so that it is easy to support when going up against the opposing party. You have to remember, it is fairly important that you support your party as much as possible.
On a lighter note, today you all had the amazing opportunity to hear from JoAnne Owens-Nauslar. She is an outstanding and unbelievably motivating person. Do not take lightly the things she had to say. Hopefully you took notes!
As you all prepare to transition into tomorrow (a very important day for campaigners) think about what roles you can play in someone’s campaign. If you are not running for a state office, consider helping someone and being their campaign manager or something similar. I know that I wouldn’t have had a chance at winning the election had it not been for my good friend Wyn Wiley last year who believed in me from day one. He headed up my campaign and as a result, freed me up to meet people and campaign in person the entire time.
Maybe your job this week is to be someone’s Wyn Wiley. Maybe it isn’t. Whatever your goals and aspirations are this week, enjoy them and give them your all. This week will be over before you know it and you don’t want to leave with any regrets.
Oh by the way, last year as a “Boys Stater” I discovered that if you fill a cup with ice cream and milk at lunch, all you need to do before having a quality milkshake at your disposal is stir it up with some sort of utensil (I prefer forks).