Published On: Thu, May 2nd, 2013

American Legion selects Kleinschmit, McQuay for Boys State

WAUSA — Christopher Kleinschmit, Wausa High School, sponsored by the Wausa American Legion will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State, June 2-8, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, downtown campus. The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate. Each boy is sponsored locally by American Legion Post #63.

Kleinschmit is the son of Dan and Cheryl Kleinschmit. His school activities include basketball, FFA, FBLA, National Honor Society, One-Acts and Speech. He is also an Eagle Scout, involved in 4-H and plays American Legion Baseball.

Trevor McQuay has been selected as the alternate. His parents are Greg McQuay and Susan McQuay. McQuay participates in all sports, band, chorus, FBLA, One-Acts and Speech.

American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State is set up as a functional “51st state” and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program. They will set up their own state government and draft bills.

Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Dave Heineman and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.