Brennan, Martin selected to attend 2016 Boys State

Selected for Boys State ...
Left to right: Kee High School juniors Daniel Brennan and Thomas Martin. Submitted photo.

Two Kee High School junior students from Lansing, Daniel Brennan and Thomas Martin, have been selected to attend Boys State being held the June 12th-17 at Fort Dodge in Johnston. Local selection of attendees is sponsored by the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5981 and Lansing American Legion Post 50.

Brennan is the son of Mike and Kerry Brennan of Lansing. Martin is the son of Andy and Marie Martin of Lansing.

Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2016 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. It takes Lansing American Legion, Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars members and Kee High School teachers and staff to find the most interested and qualified boys.