Delegates Elected as Mayors of Cities at Boys State of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Biles, Public Relations Adviser brad.biles@gmail.com / (816) 914-3321 June 4, 2018 — Thirty delegates at the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy have been elected mayor of their respective Kansas Boys State city. They will be sworn in during a ceremony on Monday night by 2017 KBS Attorney General Conor Casey, a resident of Leavenworth, Kan., and a 2018 graduate of Leavenworth High School.   Approximately 400 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, are participating in the 2018 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy. The event, in its 81st year, started Sunday (June 3) and concludes Friday, June 8, at Kansas State University in Manhattan, which is hosting the session for the 27th consecutive year. Elected as mayor of their respective Boys State of Kansas city: (Name; City of Residence, High School – all cities/high schools in Kansas unless noted); Boys State City/County)

  • Cole Anderson, Hutchinson, Home School; City of Aylward in Bradley County
  • Danny Bohnemann, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth High School; City of Hiatt in King County
  • Kolby Boone, St. Joseph, Mo., Riverside High School (Wathena, Kan.); City of Icenogle in King County
  • Zachary Bossert, Shawnee, Mill Valley High School; City of Raymond in Pershing County
  • Ty Burns, McPherson, McPherson High School; City of Mantey in Marshall County
  • Nathan Cessna, Baldwin City, Baldwin High School; City of Shelton in Powell County
  • Austin Crabtree, Yates Center, Yates Center High School; City of Gardner in Kennedy County
  • Alexander Curl, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth High School; City of Kyle in Marshall County
  • John Finnigan, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth High School; City of Newman in Patton County
  • Cameron Fridell, Atchison, Atchison High School; City of Chastain in Eisenhower County
  • Davis Gibbar, Overland Park, Rockhurst High School (Kansas City, Mo.) City of Werring in Seitz County
  • Nathan Herring, Meriden, Jefferson West High School; City of Spigarelli in Powell County
  • Steven Kendall, Winfield, Winfield High School; City of Bramlage in Eisenhower County
  • Keaton Koenig, Manhattan, Riley County High School; City of Bley in Bradley County
  • Alex Krumm, Chanute, Chanute High School; City of McCoy in Patton County
  • Jack Libel, Wathena, Riverside High School; City of O’Leary in Patton County
  • Nick Malone, Kiowa, South Barber High School; City of Janssen in MacArthur County
  • Alec Michaud, Fort Scott, Fort Scott High School; City of Hasler in King County
  • Glenn Muriithi, Kansas City, Turner High School; City of Johnson in MacArthur County
  • Gannon O’Dell, Wakefield, Wakefield High School; City of Haney in Kennedy County
  • Geoffrey Pafford, Great Bend, Great Bend High School; City of Lane in Marshall County
  • SiWoo Park, Overland Park, Blue Valley North High School; City of Klassen in MacArthur County
  • Zach Pearson, Gardner, Wellsville High School; City of Schmitt in Pershing County
  • David Qi, Overland Park, Blue Valley West High School; City of Wiles in Seitz County
  • Michael Shuey, Wichita, Wichita East High School; City of Bluemke in Bradley County
  • Joseph Sittenauer, Topeka, Washburn Rural High School; City of Finley in Kennedy County
  • Ethan Tucker, Overland Park, Blue Valley North High School; City of Perrill in Pershing County
  • Tyler Walstrom, Madison, Madison High School; City of Crum in Eisenhower County
  • Dawson Willmeth, Seneca, Nemaha Central High School; City of Whorley in Seitz County
  • Johnathan Young, Paola, Paola High School; City of Schrag in Powell County
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. — #KSBoysStateThe American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy is an interactive simulation that teaches high school seniors-to-be the value of democracy and civic duty. Participants form mock governments and campaign for positions at the city, county and state levels. After the elections, participants find out firsthand the difficult decisions made daily by those in government through a series of challenging simulations. Delegates, nominated to attend by their high school counselors and other influential people in their lives, are sponsored by American Legion posts and various civic organizations from across the state. All delegates demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities in student government, athletics and/or other activities.   The Boys State program was founded by Legionnaires Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card in Illinois in 1935, and was first held in Kansas two years later in Wichita. The Kansas program moved to the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1963 and remained there until 1991. The following year, it moved to its current location at Kansas State University in Manhattan. For more information about the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy, visit http://kansasboysstate.com/ or http://ksbstate.org/.]]>