130 participate in American Legion Boys State on NDSCS Campus
Posted on 6/13/2013
Ray Salata of Grand Forks has been elected Governor of North Dakota Boys State, a gathering of 130 participants this week on the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) campus in Wahpeton. Salata is a student at Grand Forks Red River High School. Boys State runs from June 9-14.
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.
In addition to electing a governor, delegates also elected several other state office-holders including: Erik Hanson of Grand Forks as Lieutenant Governor, Brandt Vernon of Hazen as Secretary of State, Trenton McCloud of Rolla as State Treasurer, Benjamin Trenne of Grand Forks as Attorney General, Deane Bjornson of Cavalier as State Auditor, Trevor Boehm of McClusky as Commissioner of Agriculture, Andrew Brummond of Park River as Superintendent of Public Instruction and Ryan Nelson of Casselton as Public Service Commissioner.
NDSCS has been the host of Boys State for 18 consecutive years. Frequent visitors to the program include: former Buffalo Bills defensive end Phil Hanson, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley.
Participants in the seventy-first annual American Legion Boys State at NDSCS include:
Arthur: T.J. Hochstetler; Jessee Quittschreiber Baldwin: Ryan Mlekoday Belcourt: Dalton Trottier Belfield: Christian Anheluk Bismarck: Robert Habiger; Jay Schafer; John Schafer; Daniel Wassim; Terrell Wheeler Blanchard: Levi Elliott Bottineau: Jeremy Watson Carrington: Hunter Stusynski Casselton: Ryan Nelson Cavalier: Deane Bjornson; Justin Gibson; Tyler King Cogswell: Hunter Diegel Colgate: Alexander Erickson Cooperstown: Joshua Briss Dickinson: Zachary Anderson; Matt Becker; Lucas Ensign; David Fehr; Samuel Metz Edinburg: Kristian Myrdal; Aaron Sondeland Elgin: Chandler Rivinius Ellendale: Logan Wang Erie: Conner Belling; Ean Grieger; Michael Traux Fargo: Jacob Blotsky; Brandon Byron; Quinn DelVal; Jerricoh Hansen; Nathan Kapaun; Vincent Kloubec; Ryan Leith Fordville: Jesse Blasky Forest River: Benjamin Fossum; Jake Riske Forman: Levi Jablonsky; Craig Zirnhelt Fort Ransom: Gunnar Pederson Gackle: Bryan DelFino Grand Forks: Matthew Amundson; Tyler Delgado; Ryan Enerson; Elias Ghribi; Erik Hanson; Logan Keitzman; Devarshi Patll; Jonathan Penman; Ray Salata; Daniel Todorovic; Benjamin Trenne; Jacob Young Grandin: Briar Bahnmiller Gwinner: Dawson Peterson; Daniel Ptacnik; Walter Wrage Hankinson: Joe Ahrens; Frank Hermes; Tanner Kutter; Tayson O'Hara; Hunter Prochnow; Jimmy Stein Harwood: Bryce Karl; Nick Sopp; Lance Wilson Hatton: Joseph Littlefield Hazen: Dakota Degenstein; Carl Hayes; Brandt Vernon Horace: Grant Nelson Hunter: Wyatt Erickson; Adam Schreiner Langdon: Seth Skjervheim Linton: Garrick Voigt Lisbon: Rodd Hopkins Makoti: Joey Peterson; Aaron Schenfisch Mandan: Peter Liffrig Mayville: Angus Adolpho McClusky: Trevor Boehm McGregor: Nicholas Kutter Milnor: Briton Bussman; Andrew Martinson; Wyatt Mund; Colin Yagow Minot: Joseph Rensvold Minto: Matthew Evenson Mooreton: Aaron Mennis Neche: Jordan Beattie Page: Riley Mack; Andrew Thorson Park River: Brit Brouillard; Andrew Brummond; Frausto; Zach Gaarder; Ian McCombs Petersburg: Jon Miles Rolla: Trenton McCloud Rutland: Brandon Wyum Sanborn: William Gerntholz Sherwood: James Ziliak Strasburg: Trent Mattern Thompson: Sean Tyler Tioga: Andrew Joyce Turtle Lake: Kyle Bott; Landen Lelm; Kohl Miller; Cameron Slagg Valley City: Kyle Anderson; Everett Komrosky Wahpeton: Jonathan Albers; Jacob Ries; Matthew Schuster Walhalla: Jessee Gapp; Seth Heck West Fargo: Cole Bachmeier; Jayce Gravdahl; Cameron Pederson; Garrett Styf Wilton: Luke Odegard; Christian Thompson Wing: Ty Bergquist; Devin Weltz Wyndmere: Ramiro Perales