(Premier Boys State) has allowed me to take an active part in society
not governed by our parents...I have learned to interact in a positive
and prosperous manner".
1995 Boys State Governor Steve Yenchko
Glenwood High School
Boys State Elections
Nearly 900 Boys State citizens take part in elections designed
to teach them about voting and the election process in a democratic
society. This hands on experience has helped keep the tradition
of Boys State alive for over 60 years
As the participants arrive at Eastern Illinois University, each boy becomes
a citizen of one of the 32 cities. They each receive a party designation as
Nationalist or Federalist.
Four cities are grouped to form a county. These eight counties
comprise Boys State. The cities, counties, and the state create
a structure for the election process.
With political and residency affiliations, the politics of Boys
State loosely parallels traditional elections at the city, county,
and state levels. Realism guides the proceedings as the candidates
are required to follow election regulations.
Counselors in each city select three judges to serve on the election
board. Candidates are selected through party caucuses using the
system of party convention.
Ballots used at Premier Boys State are similar to those used in
Awards of Premier Boys State
Several awards are given to participants
of Premier Boys State they include the following:
- Oratorical Contest Awards,
- Essay Contest Awards,
- Sportsmanship Awards,
- Model Citizen Award,
- Boys Nation Award,
- Commanders Award, and
- The Overall Model County Award.
These awards are given to participants at the conclusion of
the camp to recognize outstanding young leaders.