Listen to Gil Hernandez and leave with a sense of why America is such a great Country!
I am SO HONORED to have met a WORLD WAR 2 veteran. This trip has definitely been more than what I had imagine! It is only the 3rd day and I cannot wait to see what the following days have to offer! Thank you Kentucky Boys State for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Our boys in DC!
Our Chris Gootee making the news. And yes, I had to hold him in place to get the picture! Thank you for the hard work my friend.
Welcome Jon Jon L. Beach as our new board member! Marty Goley, welcome back as well!!!
I deeply miss KBS!
Just got word from American Legion National....Kentucky Boys State is making the news in a big way about the Boys State program. Good job Jonathan Joseph and Gil Hernandez!!!
We love you, Gil. He's becoming a local celebrity around our parts...
Before the year moves along too far....take the time to sign up in Paypal for a monthly donation to support students going to KBS Training in the summer. $20 a month will cover one student!!! http://kyboysstate.org/store/pages/29/Donate.html And yes, we are tax deductible. Thank you!
Casmir Thornberry, while a close and tight decision, was selected to be a Junior Counselor at Kentucky Boys State 2015. He is expected to pull in quite a number of delegates from Northern Kentucky to help strengthen our program in the North. Congrats and thank you for being a part of the team.
Update on KBS!
Already getting people requesting info on 2018 KBS. Short answer, yes you can apply any time up to the first day of training next year! Need people to recruit and help raise monies to keep the program going strong. We really need a few people who can develop corporate sponsorships, please consider it or help us find those people! Conference nationally coming up, good team set up to go. Possible other conferences to spread the word of our intentional work for veterans kids. Plaque is done for Campbellsville University, and will be delivered soon. Lots going on, so thank you for the continued support. Dr Pete
The national children and youth conference is taking place at the end of September, and I want to inquire if anyone is interested in going? KBS sponsors only so many staff to go, but others are welcome to pay and go as well. Drop me a line right away if interested. Thank you. Dr Pete
Our Boys State Experience Below you will find many quotes from the 2017 Boys State Alumni about what theirs experiences from the week. If I made any mistakes with names or quotes, please let me know. Also, message me if you would like to add something about your own experience to the list. I would be happy to edit you in. Thank you all. "I had an amazing time creating new friends as well as learning about our state's history and political functions." -Joseph Koelsch "My experience with Kentucky Boys State has been endlessly grateful and eye-opening. Our staff here are truly doing God's work. I am so humble to be a part of the arising attendees who will all go on to lead one day. The challenge of the future may very well be the hardest ever, but with the skills, stories, and people both young and learning, or old and wise, I feel ready for anything. Thank you to KBS, American Legion, and all volunteers both staff and speakers who gave their time to teach and guide. Thank you." -Devon B. Melancon "My experience at Boys State was an interesting one. Though I was not particularly excited to come and was exhausted the first couple of days, as I got more used to it, I began to appreciate it. It was an overall rewarding experience." -Jared Burdette "My experience of Boys State has been a life changing one. I will never forget the people I met and the fun I had during this life changing week." -Cole Frazier "My experience at Boys State has been interesting and unforgettable. I won't forget the people I've met and the activities I participated in." -Damian Garcia "It's been fun. Thanks for the opportunities. Won't forget this week, I don't think." -Duncan J (SP???) "Definitely a good experience, something that I will never forget. Fantastic people and an overall great opportunity to learn and grow as a person and a leader." -Austin McCandless "Friends for life!" -William Wright "One of my greatest feats yet." -Johnathan Patrick "It's just something you have to experience." -Alex Smith "It's a great time from the friends to the lack of sleep." -Ethan Miller "New friends don't replace old ones, you just get as many as you need." -Austin B "My only regret is that we didn't #freetheweed" -Jacob Denton "I won some, lost some, but never lost sight of the support and the friends I had with me." -Matt Payne "We went in as strangers, came out as brothers." -Sam Boggs "A great, special program that has the potential to change your life forever." -Gil Hernandez "I have greatly enjoyed the past week at Boys State. I came here with no idea what to expect, but was certain that I would not be running for office. Several people encouraged me to run saying how great an experience it would be. Even when I did decide to run I never would have imagined becoming Chief Justice of the first Boys State Supreme Court. Thank you to all my peers who voted for me allowing this to happen. In addition I would like to thank the American Legion and KBS staff for time and effort that they put in so that we can have this experience. This has been a week that none of us will soon forget." -Zack Morgan "Boys State was a fun time that I will remember forever and always. I learned so much about politics and even learned some things about myself, I'll never forget this." -Trevor Hornback "Great experience. I was able to meet a lot of new people and experience first hand how state government works." -Isaac Marret "My KBS experience was busy and great. I was a journalist. The capital was a fun trip, because I got to interview a lot of people. I learned about politics and how to write bills." -Brandon Porter "This week has changed my life for the better, I've finally seen the world of politics and I love it. I'm now interested in the political landscape." -Clarence McVoy (SP?????) "I greatly enjoyed coming to Boys State. It was fun, educational, and interesting. When school starts I will definitely recruit so that others get the opportunity I did." -Sam Harney "Incredible experience. Truly changes a life. Would recommend to anyone." -Avery Dietz "Boys State was a phenomenal experience, it served to be a truly beneficial experience, I've meaner so much when it comes to politics as well as leadership." -Jared Smitha "In the first two disappointing days for me, I never thought this trip would become what it has. I'll cherish it forever." -Dawson Gentry "Boys State was a fun experience. Even though I don't give a care about politics, it was cool seeing how everything goes. And the best part was meeting friends that I will never forget." -Gavin Cook "Boys State for me is a week that has changed my life. Meeting so many of Kentucky's best is a great opportunity to network and make wonderful friends." -Jonathan Rust "The best part of Kentucky's Boys State is the people of course. Meeting people from all parts of the state was an amazing experience. Friendships that will last for a lifetime. It was also cool to host students from Guantanamo Bay's Navy Base." -Aaron Reed "This year's Kentucky Boys State was a very extraordinary one. The first Supreme Court, a coin flip to decide the Governor, and the first joint session. I've learned a lot here, it's been a really great experience, and I'm very glad I got to be here. I'll carry this experience with me for the rest of my life." -Jonathan Jernigan "Sleep is for the weak." -Luke LeMaster "The fun never stops. Literally because you don't sleep." -Aaron Aldrich "Boys State was a great experience. The first two days were long, but still entertaining with the comradery that was creating bonds between many of us. As another Boys State attendee put it, 'long days, short nights' where we work all day then get back to the dorms to strengthen friendships and bonds that never would have happened, had it not been for Boys State." -Dillen Sizemore "First of all, many thanks to everyone who played a part in making this program possible. Boys State was one of the best weeks I have ever had. I might have been busier than ever, but I loved the work I was doing. I never believed the saying about how doing something you love will mean you never work a day in your life, but I discovered the truth of this while working for the press team. I enjoyed reporting, I enjoyed the people there, and I enjoyed the unique experiences only available through Boys State. I went into the program not knowing what to expect, yet I still don't know what exactly to expect from the program. I can't say precisely to what extent this program will affect all of our futures, but I affirm that it will have nothing but a beneficial impact. Boys State isn't just about our one week there, it's about our entire lives, about shaping a group of young men into leaders." -Zachary Johnson
Update on Boys Nation!
I was designated to be the unofficial scribe as a member of the Supreme Court so, finally, I have fished typing up and attached the first of two of the documents released by the KY 2017 Boy's State Supreme Court. The 2017 Supreme Court was Chief Justice Zack Morgan, and Justices: Will Akin, Alex Fitzpatrick, Avery Dietz, Gavin Sylvia
Am I the only one who's sleep schedule is completely off right now??? I swear, I go to sleep at 10 and don't wake up till around dinner time the next night!!!😂😂😂😂😂
Former Governor Julian Carroll speaks to Kentucky Boys State At the capitol building, Kentucky Boys State was honored to have Former Governor and current State Senator Julian Carroll as a speaker. He started off by telling about his own Boys State experience. A 1949 graduate of the program, he was elected Governor and had the chance to meet the President and Vice President of the United States at Boys Nation. Senator Carroll is a definite proponent of Boys State, saying that he plans on coming back to future programs as long as his health permits. Senator Carroll has had quite the political career, and therefore had a number of stories to tell about his experience in politics. He has filled a number of government positions, some of those including State Representative, Speaker of the House, State Senator, Lt. Governor, and Governor. He remained in state government because he finds that (in most cases) people's lives are predominantly controlled by their local government. Last year, Senator Carroll was reelected to his fourth term as a state senator. When he completes this term, he will be 89 years old. One of the Boys State students asked him how he still does so much at that age, and he responded by saying that he continues to work and isn't afraid of that work. Senator Carroll has been a public servant for years, and sets a great example for all of us as he continues to serve those that he represents. Senator Carroll had an important question for all of the people present. He asked all of those present where they were heading, which served as reminder to keep our goals in mind so that we can accomplish great things. Kentucky Boys State greatly appreciates Senator Carroll for taking the time to speak with us.
Here I have attached the second of two documents from the first ever Boys State Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Zach Morgan
South Carolina Boys State Alumnus Encounter While visiting the capitol building with the rest of Kentucky Boys State, I had the opportunity to speak with statehouse correspondent Adam Beam. He is a graduate from South Carolina University, where he majored in print journalism. His current job with the Associated Press entails reporting on various events concerning government and politics in Kentucky, along with reporting on the state legislature and elected officials. As we began speaking, Adam explained that he too had attended a Boys State program in his home state of South Carolina. At first, he was a little reluctant in going to the program as it was held at The Citadel, a military college that Adam and others had heard rumors that it was essentially a prison. Fortunately these rumors didn't really hold true, and he had a fantastic time working as a reporter during the week. As this was 2000, they did not post whatever they wrote to Facebook and such like we have been doing with our Kentucky Boys State press team. Instead, they made daily papers to pass out to the couple hundred attendees about whatever events had recently occurred at their program. In one case, they even had two papers ready to go for whichever candidate for governor won the election. Adam also shared an interesting and humorous tradition that happened during their visit South Carolina's capital, Columbia. While there, those in Boys State and those in Girls State traded their shirts with each other. He said it was a big deal to have a Girls State shirt during his senior year. I would like to thank Adam for taking time out of his schedule to speak with me. It was very interesting to hear about his job at the capitol building and his own Boys State experience. Adam helped me further realize the positive impact from Boys State programs all across the country. Again, many thanks!