95 participate in American Legion Boys State at NDSCS
by NDSCS News
Posted on 6/20/2011
Garret Fraser of Walhalla, N.D. was elected Governor of North Dakota Boys State, a gathering of 95 participants last week on the North Dakota State College of Science campus in Wahpeton. Boys State ran from June 12-17.
Sponsored by the American Legion, North Dakota Boys State brings together outstanding young men between their junior and senior years in high school. Selected from schools across North Dakota, these delegates come to the NDSCS campus for a week of activities focusing on government and democracy.
At North Dakota Boys State, delegates participate in hands-on learning activities, including city and county government functions, disaster simulation exercises and the publication of a daily newspaper that is written and edited by delegates.
In addition to this "learning by doing" process, delegates have the opportunity to experience speeches and debates from visiting dignitaries. They also elect a governor, Senate and House of Representatives.
Delegates also elect several other state office-holders including: Christopher Seaver of Rugby, N.D. as Lieutenant Governor, Justin Zahradka of Lawton, N.D. as Secretary of State, Vladimir Kutka of Dickinson, N.D. as Attorney General, Logan Ferry of Manvel, N.D. as Commissioner of Agriculture and Joshua Roesler of Casselton, N.D. as Superintendent of Public Instruction.
NDSCS has been the host of Boys State for sixteen consecutive years.
Frequent visitors to the program include U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan. Participants in the sixty-ninth annual American Legion Boys State at NDSCS include: