June 6, 2023 — Ten delegates at the 2023 American Legion Boys State of Kansas have been elected mayor of their respective Kansas Boys State city. They were sworn in during a ceremony on June 5 by 2022 KBS Lieutenant Governor Lukas Haase, a resident of Overland Park, Kan., and 2023 graduate of Blue Valley Southwest High School.

Elected as mayor of their Boys State of Kansas city:
(Name, Hometown, Year in High School / High School; Boys State City/County [Note: all cities/high schools in Kansas unless noted)
Nicolas Brashear, Mulvane, senior-to-be at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita; City of Werring, Seitz County
Max Cuevas, Topeka, senior-to-be at Seaman High School; City of Raymond, Kennedy County
Preston Cyrier, Wichita, senior-to-be at Andover High School; City of Bramlage, Dole County
Evan Faimon, Olathe, senior-to-be at Olathe West High School; City of Whorley, Seitz County
Jaxson Frickey, Topeka, senior-to-be at Seaman High School; City of Klassen, Eisenhower County
Jeff Garten, Wichita, senior-to-be at Valley Center High School; City of Gardner, Dole County
Kase Kill, Howard, sophomore-to-be at West Elk High School; City of Shoemaker, Powell County
Case Rothhaas, Belton, Mo., senior-to-be at The Barstow School, Kansas City, Mo.; City of Shelton, Kennedy County
Matthews Stevens, Overland Park, senior-to-be at Blue Valley Southwest High School; City of Krupco, Eisenhower County
William Thomas, Clearwater, senior-to-be at Clearwater High School; City of Thomson, Powell County

High school students from across the State of Kansas are participating in the 2023 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas, which started on June 4 and ends Saturday, June 10, at Kansas State University in Manhattan. This is the program’s 31st consecutive session at KSU and 85th overall.

The Kansas Boys State program includes students who have just completed their junior year of high school (will be seniors in the fall) and sophomore year of high school (will be juniors in the fall).

The objective of the ALBSK is to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation. Kansas Boys State provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.