Boys, Girls State Selections Announced

Selections have been announced for 2011 Cornhusker Boys and Girls State to be held later this spring in Lincoln.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Elgin Unit 229 has been notified that their candidates for Cornhusker Girls State have been accepted. The delegates to Girls State this year are Carey Eischeid and Ashley Bode. Alternate is Lauren Selting.

Carey Eischeid is a Junior at Elgin Pope John Central Catholic High School. She is the daughter of Tom and Orfilla Eischeid. Carey has been involved in volleyball, basketball, Junior Right to Life, choir, the musical and one act.

Ashley Bode is a Junior at Elgin Public School. She is the daughter of Charles and Shelley Bode. She has been involved in volleyball, basketball, track, FCCLA and speech.

Lauren Selting is a Junior at Elgin Pope John High School. Her parents are Gene and Angie Selting. Lauren has been active in volleyball, basketball, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society and is Co-President of Junior Right to Life.

Boys State

Ryan Meis, the son of Jayne Meis, will be attending Boys State. He is a junior at Elgin High School.

Grant J. Beckman, the son of Scott and Deb Beckman, has been selected to attend Boys State. Beckman is a junior at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School.

Chosen as alternates were Caleb J. Pelster of rural Bartlett. He is the son of Bob and Janice Pelster. Also chosen as an alternate was Evan Parks, the son of Anne and Ed Parks. Both are juniors and attend school at Pope John.

The Elgin Community Club is sponsoring two students to the event, The Legion and Auxiliary each sponsor one student.

The students will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys and Girls State on June 5-11, 2001, 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.

The event is set up as a functional “51st state” and each participant 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.