Two Young Men Selected for Boys State Due to Leadership Qualities

Two young men in Mount Pleasant have been selected for the prestigious Boys State conference in June. Congratulations to Elijah Rynders and Jonah Zimmer for being selected. This 6-day conference, which takes place at Camp Dodge, is open to incoming High School Seniors who are selected by their local American Legion Post.

According to the website, students engage in civic leadership experience in the operation of a democratic form of government. Students learn more in one week than in an entire semester of high school civics.

Scholarship opportunities are available, as well as the possibility to earn college credit.

Students are selected based off a large criterion, which boils down to possessing qualities of leadership, scholastic achievement, good citizenship, and willingness to participate.

During Boys State, students can meet elected officials, tour the State Capitol, play in sports tournaments, job shadow the Highway Patrol, join Mock Trial and Judge Appointments, and complete the National Guard Leadership Reaction Course. They simulate a government for 6 days, with students partaking in elections, bipartisan work in the house and senate, and even passing laws.

Congratulations to Jonah Zimmer and Elijah Rynders for being selected to the 2024 Iowa Boys State.