Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

Burns, Kleinschmit selected to Boys State

WAUSA — Jordan Burns, Wausa, sponsored by American Legion Post #63 will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State, June 1-7,  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 an organization such as an American Legion Post, or by some other patriotic, civic, fraternal or religious group in cooperation with the local American Legion Post.

Burns is the son of LaNell and Mike Burns. Academically, he ranks near the top of his class. He takes part in all extracurricular activities and performs well in all of them. He is also in the National Honor Society.

Burns is involved with Luther League, plays baseball and works construction during the summer.

Kyle Kleinschmit is the alternate. His parents are Cheryl and Dan Kleinschmit. He also ranks high in the class and takes part in most activities.

Kleinschmit is an Eagle Scout and works in the area doing field work and farm chores.

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.