Local student elected to 2019 session of the American Legion educational program

Local student elected to 2019 session of the American Legion educational program

Colin O’Brien, Asubry, Mo., St. Mary’s Colgan High School (Pittsburg) will become the State Treasurer for the American Legion Boys State. It’s an educational program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.

The Federalist Party (considered to be the more conservative party) was elected over the Nationalist Party (considered to be the more liberal party).

Election results for the other state offices:
(Name, City of Residence, High School – all cities/high schools in Kansas unless noted)
• Secretary Of State — Allen Zhang, Manhattan, Manhattan High School (Federalist Party), defeated Gavin Jones, Salina, Salina South High School (Nationalist Party)
• Attorney General — William Madden, Atchison, Maur Hill – Mount Academy (Federalist), defeated Michael Kmiec, Farlington, Girard High School (Nationalist)
• State Treasurer — Colin O’Brien, Asbury, Mo., St. Mary’s Colgan High School, Pittsburg
(Federalist), defeated Ian Gould, Roeland Park, Shawnee Mission East High School (Nationalist)
• Commissioner Of Insurance — Jackson Manske, Wichita, Maize South High School
(Federalist), defeated Isaiah Sterling, Leavenworth, Lansing High School (Nationalist)

Approximately 410 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, are participating in this year’s session of the ALBSKLA. The event, in its 82nd year, started Sunday (June 2) and concludes Friday, June 7. This year marks the 28th consecutive Kansas Boys State session at KSU.

The ALBSKLA provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

Learn more about the program here: https://www.legion.org/boysnation/about.