Legislature: Day One

By: Michael Mason, Yorktown

As the first day in the legislature closed, officers had been elected from the pool of senators by a coalition of their peers.

The first order of business was to elect a Chaplin to open each legislative meeting with a quick prayer. Devout Catholic Brady Przymus from Belleau Wood won the position. The next order of business was to elect the Sergeant-at-Arms. The Sergeant-at-Arms is an officer charged with keeping the peace within the legislature. For our purposes, he keeps people on task and quiet. John Harkendorff from Bataan won the position. The third position up for grabs was the position of Clerk. The Clerk is tasked with keeping track of the minutes, assisting the councilors with the operation of the computer and projector, and making note of the progress that the legislature has made. Shane Asher of Bunker Hill won the position of Clerk, who during his speech gave a narrative of his experience working as a secretary in an emergency room. The final position voted on was the office of Speaker of the House. After the preliminary election, two candidates remained. In the end, John Koller from Bunker Hill rose above the other competitors and became the Speaker of the House.

With the new officers elected, the drafting of bills can begin, and debates will begin on Wednesday.

Justices Inaugurated by Honorable Mike Heavican

On Thursday evening, United States District Judge Mike Heavican paid a visit to Cornhusker Boys’ State to talk about the judicial system in the state of Nebraska, and also to administer the oath of office to the Boys’ State Supreme Court Chief Justice, who then gave the oath to other justices. Delegates had the opportunity to askHeavican questions, though at many points, he asked the delegates their own questions, curious how they would handle the scenarios they inquired about.

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The Hon. Mike Heavican

Governor Dave Heineman Addresses Joint Session of Boys’ and Girls’ State

After a rousing concert performed by the Boys’ State / Girls’ State band and chorus, the honorable Governor Dave Heineman addressed a joint session of Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State in one of his final appearances as Nebraska’s Governor. He rallied Husker camaraderie by voicing his support and enthusiasm for the coming football and volleyball seasons in the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska Huskers football coach Bo Pelini made an appearance, as did Nebrasketball assistant coach Jim Molinari.

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Dr. Peter Eklund conducts the Boys’/Girls’ State Chorus

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Gov. Heineman answered audience questions for more than an hour on Wednesday night

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Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Bo Pelini addresses CBS/CGS joint session

 

Twitter Challenged…Accepted!

While the citizens of Cornhusker Boys’ State were being educated by the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, a challenge was issued by Louisiana Boys’ State (@LABoysState) The tweet, below, challenges Kansas Boys’ State, Cornhusker Boys’ State, and Alabama Boys’ State on who has the best Boys’ State program.

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A Premier Nebraska Leadership Experience decided to respond with anthem of the Big Red State. Enjoy! Tweet us and let you know how you feel about @HuskerBoysState

 

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