Kevin Lewis, a senior at Centre High School this fall, was one of 418 boys who attended the American Legion Boys State of Kansas June 9-15 at Kansas State University.
Lewis played the role of a Department of Justice official in Schmitt, a city in Pershing County.
The interactive simulation aims to teach high school seniors-to-be the value of democracy and civic duty. Participants form mock governments and campaign for positions in the city, county and state level.
After the elections, students encounter the difficult decisions made daily by those in government through a series of challenging simulations.
Throughout the week, the delegates also heard from many influential speakers. This year’s keynote address was delivered by Zach Wahls, author and national speaker.
Delegates are sponsored by American Legion Posts from all over Kansas as well as various civic organizations. All delegates were nominated to attend by school counselors and influential people in their lives.