125 participate in American Legion Boys State on NDSCS Campus
Posted on 6/11/2014
Reed Johnson of Dickinson has been elected Governor of North Dakota Boys State, a gathering of 125 participants this week on the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) campus in Wahpeton. Johnson is a student at Dickinson High School. Boys State runs from June 8-13.
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: Ethan Schwalk of Turtle Lake as Lieutenant Governor, Roman Frias of Minot as Secretary of State, Carter Schimke of Argusville as Attorney General, Kristsakorn "Ben" Twist of Dickinson as State Treasurer, Gannon Karsky of Dickinson as State Auditor, Mark Hintz of Flasher as Commissioner of Agriculture, Joel Weber of Wishek as Superintendent of Public Instruction and Zach Frank of Lidgerwood as Public Service Commissioner.
NDSCS has been the host of Boys State for 19 consecutive years. Frequent visitors to the program include: U.S. Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and former Buffalo Bills defensive end Phil Hanson.
Participants in the 72nd annual American Legion Boys State at NDSCS include:
Adams: Colton Skorheim Alamo: Cole Willette Argusville: Seth Adkins; Carter Schimke Arthur: Ben Longlet Beach: Trevor Chaisson Belcourt: Waylon DeCoteau; Tristan DeCoteau Bismarck: Prajwal Bharadwaj; Gabe Cavender; Andrew Kohler Burlington: Aaron Kabanuk Carson: Jacob Selstedt Casselton: Ben Nelson Christine: Connor Knudsen Cleveland: Cody Montgomery Dickinson: Rakem Gage; Tristin Haaland; Reed Johnson; Gannon Karsky; Tony Kostelecky; Benjamin Pitkin; Christopher Prchal; Kristsakorn Twist Ellendale: Dahltin Pahl Fargo: Gregory Beauclair; Benson Boulger; Ty Duncan; Dondre Durham; Thomas Eide; Kristopher Flagtwet; Lukas Maughan; Jared Melville; Jamal Omar; Cole Schmidt; John Stennes; Seth Wolf Flasher: Mark Hintz Forest River: Nathan Bartuska Forman: Josh Christianson; Tyler Peterson Galesburg: Hunter Bring; Ethan Johnson Grand Forks: Chase Christen; Zachary Relling; Sam Shafer; Cole Ternes Grenora: Dalton Weeks Hankinson: Jared Hoglin; Kristian Keoke; Carter Mauch; Wyatt Wilm Havana: John Carl Brummond; Austin Lehmann; Thomas Smith Hillsboro: Andrew Nilles; Michael Nilles; Miquel Ochoa Hoople: Alex Iverson Hope: Alex Kingston; Hunter Werkman Horace: Conrad Kranz; Nicholas Pfeifer; Devon Stroh Hunter: Dale Brayton Inkster: Kyle Becker; Michael Durkin Lakota: Carter Hendrickson Lankin: Esten Beneda Larimore: Adam Bill Lidgerwood: Zach Frank; Seth Harles; Chase Heley; Kellen Jorgenson Lisbon: Brady Matheny; Colton Schock Luverne: Sully Breckheimer Mandaree: Lathan Smith Mayville: Logan Johnson McVille: Jacob Quanbeck Minot: Ryan Bent; Roman Frias; Tanner Kadlec; Justin Kovich; Liam Thrailkill Mooreton: Grady Mauch Northwood: Dalton Erickson Page: Phil Johnson; Levi Mack Petersburg: Aaron Trenda Plaza: Hunter Andes Richardton: Daniel Schwartz Rutland: Kian McKibben Scranton: Jordan Bloomgren Turtle Lake: Jake Hanson; Austin Keller; Jared Mitzel; Ethan Schwalk Valley City: Alex Wittenberg Walhalla: Braden Fraser Watford City: James Wahus West Fargo: Andy Boyer; Cody Eisenbeisz Wishek: Joel Weber Wyndmere: Brian Schmit