Delegates Elected to State Offices at Boys State of Kansas

June 7, 2017 — Alex Thill, a resident of Overland Park, Kan., and a senior-to-be at Blue Valley Northwest High School, has been elected governor of the 2017 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at Kansas State University in Manhattan.   Approximately 440 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, are participating in this year’s session of the ALBSKLA. The event, in its 80th year, started Sunday(June 4) and concludes Friday, June 9. This year marks the 26th consecutive Kansas Boys State session at KSU.   Thill and his Nationalist Party (considered to be the more liberal party) lieutenant governor running mate Micah Self, Fort Scott (attends Fort Scott High School), were elected over the Federalist Party (considered to be the more conservative party) team of governor candidate Samuel Reinig, Overland Park (attends Blue Valley North High School) and lieutenant governor candidate Max Harman, McPherson (attends Inman High School).   Kansas Boys State Governor Thill will give his inaugural address tonight at 7:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium at KSU. The evening’s festivities will also include the annual Kansas Boys State talent show and a presentation by motivational speaker Clint Usher. Election results for the other state offices: (Name, City of Residence, High School – all cities/high schools in Kansas unless noted)

  • Secretary Of State — Denny Rice, Prairie Village, Shawnee Mission East High School (Nationalist), defeated William Tampke, Leawood, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Mo. (Federalist)
  • Attorney General — Conor Casey, Leavenworth, Leavenworth High School (Federalist), defeated Ted Bordeau, Overland Park, Blue Valley North High School (Nationalist)
  • State Treasurer — Matthew Owens, Lenexa, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School (Federalist), defeated Choong Hyun Son, Hutchinson, Trinity Catholic High School (Nationalist)
  • Commissioner Of Insurance — Nolen Wright, Overland Park, Kansas City Christian High School (Nationalist), defeated Trey Peat III, Topeka, Washburn Rural High School (Federalist)
  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.]]>