Boland, Walleser selected to attend Boys State this June


Nick Boland (left) and Ethan Walleser (right)

Two Lansing Kee High juniors, Ethan Walleser and Nick Boland, have been selected to attend the June 14-19 Boys State at Fort Dodge in Johnston. Ethan is the son of Fred and the late Dora Walleser of Lansing. Nick is the son of Steven and Dolly Boland of New Albin.                 
Local selection of attendees is being sponsored by the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5981 and Lansing American Legion Post 50.  
Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2015 Boys State, all of whom will have finished their junior year of high school, will be divided into 32 cities. Four cities constitute a county and eight counties make up Boys State. The cities are composed of members of the Nationalist and Federalist parties. The citizens within these cities hold party caucus meetings, conventions, campaigns and general elections.
Everyone has a job to fulfill at Boys State, either elected or appointed, from the governor and his staff to the Iowa State Patrol, to legislators, the mayor and his council. The color guard presents the colors – patriotism and duty to God and country are important elements at Boys State.
A daily newspaper employs reporters and photographers. The courts are supplied by their very own law school and dispense justice. The young men attending have a fully-functional Senate and House of Representatives.  Musicians will find a Boys State Band and chorus led by directors.
Guided by an experienced set of administrators and counselors, Boys State is made possible each year though the dedicated work of Veterans and other concerned organizations which partner with the American Legion to send the best of their youth to Boys State. The Lansing American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War members and Kee High School teachers and staff help to find the most interested and qualified boys.

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