FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Biles, Media Relations Adviser firstname.lastname@example.org / (816) 914-3321 81st Session of Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy Set for June 3-8 in Manhattan May 16, 2018 — Approximately 400 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will be entering their senior year of high school this fall, are anticipated to participate in the 2018 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy. The event, in its 81st year, will be held Sunday, June 3, through Friday, June 8, at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The ALBSKLA provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy. Among the major events and special speakers during the week (all events are open to the public unless noted; members of the media are invited to attend all events). Sunday, June 3 o Opening Ceremonies, 2:45 p.m., McCain Auditorium
- Keynote speaker: Dustin Galyon, men’s basketball head coach at Hesston (Kan.) College and motivational speaker. Galyon was a 2001 Kansas Boys State delegate and Boys Nation senator.
- Honeycutt, originally from Inman, Kan., founded Open World Cause, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that focuses on improving access to education, better health and creating collaborations around the world, while still in high school. He is currently a middle school technology teacher at Monument (Colo.) Academy and partners with the Council for the Social Studies at the University of Kansas in developing a framework to teach civic leadership skills.
- Moore, a 1988 Kansas Boys State delegate elected as lieutenant governor, is a project director in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He will speak on leadership and engagement.
- Keynote speaker: Shelee Brim, member of the Kansas House of Representatives, serving District 39 (serves portions of Bonner Springs [south of Kansas River] and portions of western Shawnee)
- Announcement of Boys Nation senators
- Announcement of Outstanding Citizens from each KBS city