Boys State 2016 Begins May 30, 2016
- Boys Staters Arrive in Aberdeen
- Introduction to Procedures and Processes
- Welcome and Opening Ceremonies
- Study of City Government Begins
- City Government continues with election of Mayor and City Counselors
- Introduction to County Government
- Schools of Instruction (Law Enforcement and Bar) followed by exams.
- County political conventions to choose candidates for county offices and State Legislature
- County and Legislative Elections
- State Government discussion
- Candidates for Governor and Supreme Court file petitions
- Primary candidates for Governor Debate (each party)
- State Political Conventions
- Introduction of and Debates for candidates for state office.
- State Elections
- State Government and legislatures organize and begin business
- Operation of all branches of government in action (District Courts - State Government Legislature - Supreme Court)
Each day includes recreation time, and time for band and chorus to practice for end of week concert. The media team produces a daily news cast that can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.
Check back during the week for updates.
South Dakota Boys State's Successfully Implements Online Registration
A new online application and registration system was successfully implemented for the 2016 Boys State session. This system utilizes the power and distribution capability of the internet/email to enhance, simplify and provide a uniform program for the application and registration of boys for Boys State. This new system has been designed to better move information while allowing the approval process to remain under local Legion Post control, as it has been for years.
According to volunteer leader Gary Sheeley, who is heading up South Dakota Boys State's digital efforts, "We all know young people live, communicate, socialize and just generally spend a lot of their time online. If we are expecting to be a relevant part of our young people's lives than it important that we are able to meet them where they live."
Samsung American Legion Scholarship Application Now Online
Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the principal amount.
In 2014, nine $20,000 scholarships and 89 $1,100 scholarships were awarded. To date, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $5.2 million to nearly 1,800 applicants.
Tom Brokaw Speaks on Boys State Experience
Born in Webster, South Dakota, Tom Brokaw is an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998) and other books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
As a high school student attending Yankton Senior High School, Brokaw was governor of South Dakota American Legion Boys State, and in that capacity he accompanied then South Dakota Governor Joe Foss to New York City for a joint appearance on a TV game show.
As the NBC News anchor, Brokaw conducted the first one-on-one American television interviews with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was the only network anchor in Berlin when the Berlin Wall fell.
In November 14, 2014, Tom Brokaw, along with 18 other Americans, ranging from famous movies stars and musicians to slain civil rights activists, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's "highest civilian honor".