Each year, eight Boys State towns compete for the coveted Town Championship trophy. Towns earn points during the week for various achievements. The big reveal happens during the graduation ceremony at Kimball Hall. Director Salak read the town names in order, starting with 8th place. The tension was palpable. When the final name was revealed, the men in red were throwing high-fives. Their fellow boys’ staters offered them respectful applause in appreciation of their efforts.
The 2022 town champion of American Legion Cornhusker Boys State is ALAMO!
Athletics at Cornhusker Boys’ State has a proud tradition. Each town fields a team in basketball, flag football, sand volleyball, and softball. At the end of pool play, teams will be seeded in a championship tournament.
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.
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.