Lewiston attends Boys State

Isaac Lewiston, left, along with Gabe Yingst and James Burkhart shared their experiences from Boys State at the Woodward American Legion Post 211 meeting Monday, Dec. 3.  -Photo provided

    Klingensmith City. That was the name assigned to a barracks at Camp Dodge during the week of June 10 through the 15 that served as home to OHS senior Isaac Lewiston and bunk mates attending American Legion Boys State, a training program in citizenship and democracy. Lewiston was notified by mail of Woodward American Legion Post 211’s sponsorship of him. His dad Greg attended Boys State and had been sponsored by the Boxholm American Legion. An invitation to Boys or Girls State is an honor bestowed upon top students in the class.
    During the week long hands-on experience students gained experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government.
    Boys State was also an exercise in leadership. Elections provide an opportunity to show their ability to perform under pressure and to show character in the face of victories and/or defeats.
    Lewiston’s experience was somewhat unique. Although he did not “hold an office,” he participated in the American Legion Boys State Band. “We toured the capital and played on the steps as the rest of the camp arrived. A lot of our time was spent practicing for the band. We listened to several speakers throughout the week and worked on different projects dealing with our government.”

    Guest speakers such as Past National Commander of The American Legion David Rehbein and former Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Bernie Saggau, along with Iowa government leaders, attend each year to offer their vision and advice.