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  • Welcome Citizens of Illinois Premier Boys State 2017

    Welcome to you all. You’re about to begin a week that you will remember for the rest of your lives. The things you learn, people you meet, and activities you take part in will stick with you going forward. The best advice that can be given is get involved. It might seem like a long […]

  • Boys State Honors One of Their Own

    It is a rare occurrence that something of note happens here at Boys State before the citizens arrive, but this year it happened. The staff of Boys State held a memorial service this morning for a long term staff member and President, Tom Johnson. As part of the memorial service, a bench was dedicated to […]

  • 2016 Model County Winners Announced

    Every year there are a number of awards that are given out for individual accomplishments. We also hold a Model County contest to recognize the county that best worked together to accumulate the most model county points. These points are gained by participating in various events like the essay and oration contests, correctly documenting county […]

  • 2016 Boys Nation Senators Announced

    By being on this site, you are aware of the Boys State program. You might not be aware that there is a Boys State across the country. There is also a Boys Nation program where two Senators from each Boys State go to represent their state. The Boys Nation program is very similar to the […]

  • 2016 Paul Brown Officers Leadership Award Winners Announced

    The Paul Brown Officers Leadership Award is awarded to the state level elected official, except the Governor who receives a separate scholarship award, who best exemplified what Boys State is all about throughout the election process. There is also an interview process in front of senior counselors. This year’s Paul Brown Officers Leadership Award winner […]

  • 2016 Keith Lucas Model Citizen Award Winners Announced

    Boys State has two separate ‘Model Citizen’ awards that are given each years. One, the Keith Lucas award is given to the citizen that is determined to be the model citizen by their peers in each county. These initial eight citizens are then interviewed by senior counselors to determine the final winners. Even being considered […]

  • 2016 Joe McCraith Model Citizen Award Winners Announced

    Boys State has two separate ‘Model Citizen’ awards that are given each years. One, the Joe McCraith award is given to the citizen that is determined to be the model citizen by the counselors in each county. These initial eight citizens are then interviewed by senior counselors to determine the final winners. Even being considered […]

  • 2016 Session John Geiger Award Winners Announced

    There are several scholarships available during each session with various requirements. The John Geiger Leadership Award was named in honor of the first Boys State alum to serve as National Commander of the American Legion. In order to be eligible for this award, you must serve as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the […]

  • 2016 Oration Contest Winners Announced

    The winners of the 2016 Oration Contest have been announced. This year’s winner is Alexander Shura of Naperville. The runner up is Archit Dhar of Naperville. The third place entry was submitted by Adam Raso of Dunlap. Thank you to all of those who submitted entries and congratulations to those who won.

  • Winners of the 2016 Essay Contest Announced

    The winners of the 2016 Essay Contest have been announced. Thank you to all those who submitted entries and congratulations to those who won. The winner of the 2016 essay contest is Rohan Macherla of Plainfield. The second place entry was submitted by Nicholas Schuster of Batavia. Michael Petrik of Elburn submitted the third place […]