Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday News -- 2016 Texas Boys State

By Dom Borbon
June 17, 2016

An overwhelming atmosphere of unity and fellowship settled over the UT campus today as Statesmen went through their last full day of the Boys State Program.


Statesmen gathered early in the morning to eat one of their last meals with their fellow Statesmen. After breakfast, all statesmen congregated together at the first general assembly of the day where general election speeches were presented by state candidates. Because of the number of candidates and length of speeches, general assembly lasted until lunchtime. 


After eating lunch, statesmen departed from lunch to attend their respective county party conventions then to their district party conventions where county and district candidates presented campaign speeches.


Finally, the second general assembly of the day commenced to hold keynote addresses, general election speeches for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. Following speeches, a debate between state candidates was mediated by press corps to further expose statesmen to their future state officials.


 After the conclusion of general assembly, statesmen made their way to the UT town to witness the flag lowering ceremonies for the evening. From there, statesmen were served their last dinner together in the Kinsolving cafeteria. As alway, recreational period took place roughly  at eight in the evening, which included olympiads, band practice, seminars, and talent show tryouts. 


At this point, general election polls were open for all statesmen to vote, and with the commencement of the nightly speeches, polls were closed and votes were tallied, and by the end of the night, the results of the general elections were announced. 


Ending on the high note of victory, statesmen were released from the assembly to enjoy their final night in the dorms.