The 2017 track meet came down to the last event this year, the 4×400 meter relay. Prior to the race Yorktown (Orange) had a 6 point lead. Manila Bay’s strong 4×400 performance earned them the narrow victory. Congrats to the men in green!
By: Jack Foglesong
We are taught to fear failure. While failure should be avoided, it should not be feared. In fact, failure can be one of life’s greatest teachers if one were to take the time to learn from it. This was one of the main points behind Monday night’s Leadership Discussion. In the town of Bunker Hill, several Boys’ Staters gave their personal opinions on the way to approach failure. One point made was to avoid regrets in life, look back, reflect on successes and failures, and attempt to learn something from them. Another stater mentioned taking long shots and stretching boundaries. In addition, one person said that in times of failure, accept that it happened. Instead of dwelling on it, move forward and find ways to make improvement based on what was done correctly and incorrectly. The main takeaway of the Monday night Leadership Discussion was that failure should not be a source of shame for someone, but instead a way to better improve one’s abilities.
By: Dash Wedergren
Party leaders in the Alamo Nationalist wing convened with standout Alamo candidates for an assessment of strengths and coverage of positions late Monday night. After taking extensive notes on prominent candidates from other Towns in the previous night’s platform meeting, Alamo representatives met with representatives from Yorktown. The meeting yielded an Alamo endorsement of Yorktown’s Lieutenant Governor candidate and Yorktown’s support for several lower level Alamo candidates. Nicholas McConnell, a leader in the Alamo-Yorktown negotiations commented, “We value the bilateral negotiation we drafted with Yorktown and will be looking for more opportunities to cross-endorse in the future.”
By: Nick McConnell
City Council and School Board meetings were held across the Boys’ State program on Wednesday. City Council meetings ran smoothly, with many ordinances passed. One stumbling block for some towns, however, was time spent on special elections to re-elect positions belonging to winners of higher offices. However, those elections generally ran smoothly all throughout Harper Hall, and mock governmental work resumed without a hitch.
Alamo and Yorktown, for example, passed three ordinances each. Some towns were considerably less productive. Manila Bay passed zero ordinances. In fact, no ordinances were even proposed, which is an unimpressive number for the time allotted.
The second session of the Legislature involved many heated debates in order to priorities the most pressing issues by each committee. Committee Chairmen were elected to head each of the five committees and the Committee Secretary was in charge of reading aloud each bill on the table and amending any necessary changes to the bill if the committee chose to do so. Each committee had the responsibility of prioritizing their top three bills to move on to General File, where debate will take place regarding all of the priority bills.
The second session ended by moving in to General File and debating our first two bills. Our Legislative session has the privilege of having 2016 Boys Nation Vice President, Choteau Kammel, to assist in showing our current Boys Staters the proper way each bill will be debated. There were some very heated debates and opinions expressed in our first two, but ultimately both of those bills were turned down, and for the time being, tabled indefinitely.
Our Senators are very excited to spend an entire afternoon debating the rest of the priority bills in General File at this time!