Statesmen are settling into their daily routines nicely. But, given the fast-paced nature of the program, once a statesman feels comfortable with his daily Texas Boys State routine, the program is almost over! But, it is the whirlwind nature of Texas Boys State that tends to burnish positive memories in these young men’s minds for the rest of their lives.
After breakfast on Thursday, all statesmen are headed to the LBJ auditorium for the first of two general assemblies today. The morning assembly features final speeches from the Federalist and Nationalist candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and governor. Both parties met last night and agreed upon the rules for the morning assembly. Speech time for each candidate was determined, as well as the rules for debate, candidate cross examination, and questions from the Boys State press corps. The assembly moderator is the current Boys State editor-in-chief, a position elected from within the press corps.
The morning assembly is the final time statesmen will hear from their parties respective candidates. Polls for the general election open immediately following the assembly, allowing statesmen to cast their ballots for the top three elected positions at 2014 Texas Boys State. The results for the general election will be revealed at the evening assembly.
Unique activities for Thursday include the 2014 Texas Boys State College Fair. Representatives from a number of colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their respective institutions with statesmen. The colleges and universities are from across the United States.
Following an early dinner Thursday, statesmen will travel with their cities to mall in front of the historic University of Texas tower for the retiring of the colors. This evening's ceremony will not feature visiting dignitaries, but will offer statesmen a unique opportunity to enjoy a flag ceremony in a picturesque location.
After the colors are retired on the UT mall, statesmen will go to the final general assembly at the LBJ auditorium. There, statesmen will learn the results of the general election and observe the swearing-in of the respective winners. The final act is one of the most entertaining events of Texas Boys State: the talent show. To say that there will be a wide variety of "talent" on display would be a gross understatement. Statesmen, counselors, and staff are in for a treat.