American Legion Post Sends Area Students to Cornhuskers State Program

FREMONT – A 51st state will operate in Lincoln this summer: the Boys’ State, comprised of nearly 400 high school juniors who will participate in governmental functions as if they were another state in the union, will function again this June.

The American Legion Post 20 in Fremont has selected six young men from Fremont High School and Archbishop Bergan High School to participate in the 2018 State event at UNL’s downtown Lincoln campus. The annual citizenship program is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate in the real world.

Each of the 400 participants will learn about the various government subdivisions by actually preforming the job for their “state.” They will campaign for office and hold elections, as well as perform in band and choral ensembles and compete in athletic events on campus.

Special lectures and addresses will be delivered to the students by elected officials and professional leaders from Nebraska. Invitations have been sent to Governor Ricketts and the Secretary of State for special appearances during the program.

“American Legion Post 20 would like to congratulate the boys selected for this year’s state,” said Wesley Conklin from Fremont’s American Legion post. “They will do a great job representing their schools.”

The students selected for the 2018 Boys’ State are:

Archbishop Bergan Catholic High School

  • Garrison Mendlik
  • Jack Wilmes
  • Lance Myers

Fremont High School

  • Tate Moeller
  • Kameron Sorensen
  • Jacob Friedrich

Learn more about the American Legion’s Boys’ State program here.