Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday News -- 2016 Texas Boys State

By Staff Reports
June 13, 2016

Welcome to the official blog of Texas Boys State 2016! Here, we will keep you up-to-date with the events and happenings at this year's action-packed week.

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The program got underway Sunday, June 12, as 1,035 statesmen checked in to the Kinsolving Dormitory on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Statesmen began their experience with an information meeting in their cities Sunday afternoon. From there, it was off to dinner before the first Texas Boys State general assembly outside the Honors Quad.

At the assembly, statesmen learned two integral parts to the Texas Boys State program: proper respect for the United States Flag and the Texas Boys State song. Additionally, the Boys State band will accompany the singers as they perform the Boys State song throughout the week and during their march to the Capitol on Wednesday. 

After the first general assembly, the statesmen headed to city orientation meetings where statesmen in each of the 24 cities elected their respective mayors. Two other positions elected were color guard and olympiad director. The two members of the color guard for each city play a vital role in city pride and logistics. The flags, bearing a city's name, ensure statesmen are always following their proper city as they move about the University of Texas campus. In addition, color guard  members are taught how to raise and lower the United States and Texas flag that fly over Texas Boys State.

The olympiad directors coordinate their city's athletic programs. It is their responsibility to make sure their city's teams are present (and “pumped”) for their respective contests, which include seven-on-seven football, five-on-five basketball, and dodgeball. The cities compete at a cumulative level, meaning the outcome of their games is only part of the equation to determine an olympiad champion. Sportsmanship and originality in team presentation are also integral parts to the overall olympiad program.

While cities voted on elected officials, statesmen also had the opportunity to join the Boys State Press Corps, which is tasked with providing updates and content on the activities of the entire program. This is the third year of the Press Corps’ existence, and once again RDM Pros will be partnering with the media team to create professional-grade products. Media will be available on Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube, and on the Boys State website.  Stay tuned for more information!