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.
The Cornhusker Boys State Unicameral Legislature is back in session. Forty nine delegates were elected to serve as senators. Senators will debate legislation throughout the week and have an opportunity to conduct business in the historic Warner Chambers at the Nebraska State Capitol.
One of the first tasks of the Legislature is to elect a speaker.
This morning, delegates interested in the judicial system attended a legal school of instruction. Now, the hands on experience begins. Delegates argue cases and engage in mock trial simulations. Later in the week, delegates will have the opportunity to be appointed to the Cornhusker Boys State Supreme Court. They will hear cases in the actual Supreme Court chambers at the capitol.
Several area attorneys, lead by Wayne Jansen, guided newly formed city councils through their first simulation activity. The councils discussed meeting procedures and potential ordinances. These groups will hold meetings multiple times during the week.
Last night each city elected five members to serve on their school board. Today, delegates attended an educational workshop to learn about how school boards work and to discuss current issues facing school districts. Marsha Herring of the Nebraska State School Boards Association gave an interactive presentation covering procedures, regulations, and hot topics in the world of education. She addressed several topics with the new board members asking, “what do you think a school board should do?” Mrs. Herring serves 1700 school board members across Nebraska providing them education and support.
Following the workshop, delegates will hold their own school board meetings to practice what they’ve learned.