More than 430 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, participated in the 2017 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy. The event, in its 80th year, was held June 4-9 at Kansas State University in Manhattan for the 26th consecutive year.
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.
Representatives included:

Carson Davis, St. James Academy, Kennedy County Senator
Bryce Eckelberry, Gardner-Edgerton High School, Pershing County Senator
Guy Talcott, Gardner-Edgerton High School, Supreme Court Justice

Spring Hill
Matthew Hooker, Spring Hill High School, Powell County Representative
Ethan Kosberg, Spring Hill High School, King County Representative
Matthew Long, Gardner-Edgerton High School, City of Haney Councilman
Dakota Rockers, Spring Hill High School, Pershing County Senator