McPherson Student Elected Governor at Boys State

 Senior-to-be at McPherson High School Samuel Houston  has been elected governor of the 2023 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas.

According to Boys State officials. Houston, the Federalist Party candidate, and his lieutenant governor running mate, Shawn Sullivan, Leavenworth, Kan., a senior-to-be at Leavenworth High School, won the election over the Nationalist Party team of Hayden Slough, a resident of Lawrence, Kan., and a senior-to-be at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, and his lieutenant governor running mate, Chetan Thomas, Leawood, Kan., a senior-to-be at The Barstow School, Kansas City, Mo.

Election results for other state offices:

  • Secretary of State — Cody Peng, Federalist, Overland Park, a senior-to-be at Blue Valley Northwest High School, defeated Colton Prettyman, Nationalist, Louisburg, a junior-to-be at Louisburg High School 
  • Attorney General — Adiel Garcia II, Nationalist, Olathe, senior-to-be at Spring Hill High School, defeated Jaren Rains, Federalist, Weskan, senior-to-be at Wallace County High School
  •  State Treasurer — Parker Massey, Nationalist, Baldwin City, senior-to-be at Olathe West High School, defeated Matthew Newbold, Federalist, Overland Park, junior-to-be at Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.
  •  Commissioner of Insurance — Tej Patel, Nationalist, Topeka, senior-to-be at Washburn Rural High School, defeated Jasper Kimball, Federalist, Andover, senior-to-be at Andover High School

Kansas Boys State Governor Houston will give his inaugural address Wednesday at 8 p.m. at K-State’s McCain Auditorium. The event will conclude with the Kansas Boys State band, chorus and talent show.

The evening’s festivities kickoff at 7:30 p.m. with a flag retirement ceremony at the World War II Memorial in front of McCain Auditorium. The event is an observance of the proper respect for the American flag and how unserviceable flags are properly disposed. The Kansas Boys State delegates from across the state will be in attendance during this ceremony, as well as the honor guard from the American Legion Pearce-Keller Post No.17 in Manhattan, which will be presenting the ceremony. Dr. John Lindholm, a 1949 KSU graduate who provided the dog tags as a model for the “Tags of Honor” sculpture at the Memorial, was a longtime Kansas Boys State staff member as a Legionnaire advisor before passing away in January 2020. Both events on Wednesday night are open to the public. (Media note: This event is a great photo/video opportunity.)

High school students from across the State of Kansas are participating in the 2023 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas, which started on Sunday and ends Saturday, at Kansas State University in Manhattan. This is the program’s 31st consecutive session at KSU and 85th overall. The Kansas Boys State program includes students who have just completed their junior year of high school (will be seniors in the fall) and sophomore year of high school (will be juniors in the fall).

The objective of  Boy’s State is to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation. Kansas Boys State 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.