Delegates elected to state offices at Boys State of Kansas

MANHATTAN - Chayne Dessaso, a resident of Leavenworth, and a senior-to-be at Leavenworth High School, has been elected governor of the 2018 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy. The announcement was made this week at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Approximately 400 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, are participating in this year’s session of the ALBSKLA. The event, in its 81st year, started Sunday (June 3) and concludes Friday, June 8. This year marks the 27th consecutive Kansas Boys State session at KSU.

Dessaso and his Federalist Party (considered to be the more conservative party) lieutenant governor running mate Nate Baker, Leavenworth (attends Lansing High School), were elected over the Nationalist Party (considered to be the more liberal party) team of governor candidate Daniel Soriano, Dodge City (attends Dodge City High School) and lieutenant governor candidate Jack Mickelsen, Topeka (attends Topeka High School), and the Liberty Party (independent party) team of governor candidate Bayne Schrader, Lawrence (attends Lawrence Free State High School) and lieutenant governor candidate Daine Crum, Haysville (attends Campus High School).

Kansas Boys State Governor Dessaso will gave his inaugural address June 6 in McCain Auditorium at KSU. The evening’s festivities included the annual Kansas Boys State talent show and a presentation by Ben Honeycutt, founder of the nonprofit organization Open World Cause.

Election results for the other state offices:

(Name, City of Residence, High School – all cities/high schools in Kansas unless noted)

· Secretary Of State — Zachary Payne, Ogden, Manhattan High School (Federalist), defeated Brandon Thimmesch, Lawrence, Lawrence High School (Nationalist), and Brody Marshall, Gardner, Gardner-Edgerton High School (Liberty)

· Attorney General — Daylan Williams, Lansing, Lansing High School (Federalist), defeated Matthew Goldammer, Salina, Salina Central High School (Nationalist), and Manuel Aguilar Wichita, Wichita West High School (Liberty)

· State Treasurer — Logan Elliott, Asbury, Mo., Riverton (Kan.) High School (Nationalist), defeated Nick Elliott, Hutchinson, Buhler High School (Federalist). The Liberty Party did not have a candidate.

· Commissioner Of Insurance — Joshua Fernandes, Wichita, Wichita Collegiate High School (Nationalist), defeated Chase Allen, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth High School (Federalist), and Cole Warner, Girard, Girard High School (Liberty)

The ALBSKLA provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy is an interactive simulation that teaches high school seniors-to-be the value of democracy and civic duty. Participants form mock governments and campaign for positions at the city, county and state levels. After the elections, participants find out firsthand the difficult decisions made daily by those in government through a series of challenging simulations. Delegates, nominated to attend by their high school counselors and other influential people in their lives, are sponsored by American Legion posts and various civic organizations from across the state. All delegates demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities in student government, athletics and/or other activities.

The Boys State program was founded by Legionnaires Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card in Illinois in 1935, and was first held in Kansas two years later in Wichita. The Kansas program moved to the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1963 and remained there until 1991. The following year, it moved to its current location at Kansas State University in Manhattan. For more information about the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy, visit or