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Area youth will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys and Girls State June 1-7 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus.
The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the American Legion, is designed to provide youth with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.
Boys and Girls State is set up as a functional “51st state” and each student learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program. They will set up their own draft bills.
Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Dave Heineman and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.
Delegates selected by posts and auxiliaries in Perkins County include:
Grant Unit 40
Hannah Beck

Hannah is the daughter of Doug and Janet Beck of Grant. At Perkins County High School, she has held a class office, has been inducted to the National Honor Society, has been on the honor roll, has participated in drama, basketball, speech, scholastics and track. She is a member of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant.
Jakelynn Broeder
Jakelynn attends Perkins County High School in Grant, and is the daughter of Mindy Dickinson. She has been a class officer, has participated in volleyball, FFA, cross country, speech, scholastics, mock trial and was wrestling manager. She is in National Honor Society, has been named to the honor roll and has participated in drama and music.
Grant Post 40
Kaleb Gaar

Kaleb, son of Russ and Jeanne Gaar, has participated in golf, drama, speech, scholastics and music. He has been inducted to the National Honor Society and is on the honor roll at Perkins County High School. He is a member of Grant Evangelical Free Church.
Zak Kurkowski
A junior at Perkins County High School, Zak is the son of Kelvin and Judy Kurkowski of rural Grant. He is a class officer, is on the honor roll and on National Honor Society. He has participated in drama, 4-H, student council, FFA, basketball, speech, scholastics, football, track and music. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Grant.
Madrid Unit 271
Mariah Curtis

The daughter of Adam and Kathy Curtis of Madrid, Mariah attends Perkins County High School in Grant. She has participated in FCCLA, drama, 4-H, softbll, student council, FFA, basketball, cross country, speech, track, music and yearbook. She is in National Honor Society and on the honor roll, as well as a cheerleader and in the science club. She belongs to Elsie United Methodist Church.
Kendra Hoffert
The daughter of Dave and Janet Hoffert of Madrid, Kendra is a junior at Perkins County High School. She is a class officer, is on the honor roll and in National Honor Society. She has participated in softball, student council, FFA, basketball, cross country, speech, scholastics and track. She attends Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant.
Madrid Post 271
Justin Goodwin

Justin, a junior at Perkins County High School, is the son of Ron and Jennifer Goodwin. He is a member of FFA and has participated in basketball and the science club.
Elsie Unit 206
Amanda Osler

Amanda is the daughter of Scott and Debbi Osler of rural Elsie and a junior at Perkins County High School. She has participated in volleyball, drama, 4-H, softball, FFA, basketball, speech, track and music. She attends the United Methodist Church in Elsie.
Elsie Post 206
Dillon Koop
Dillon, the son of Jennifer Tjaden and Jesse Koop, is a junior at Wallace High School. He is on the honor roll, has participated in drama, 4-H, FFA, basketball, speech, scholastics, football, track and music. He is on the 4-H council and attends church at Wallace Methodist.
Venango Unit 270
Lila Konecky
Lila, a junior at Perkins County High School, is the daughter of Tom and Val Foster of Brandon. She has participated in volleyball, drama, 4-H, FFA, basketball, speech and music. She was inducted into the National Honor Society. She is a member of the United Methodist Church in Grant.
Samantha Snogren
Samantha is the daughter of Scott Snogren and Jody Snogren, and a junior at Perkins County High School. She has been a participant in FCCLA, volleyball, drama, 4-H, student council, speech, scholastics and music. She has held a class office, is on the honor roll and in National Honor Society. Additionally, she has been a cheerleader and Quiz Bowl participant. She attends church at the United Methodist Church in Grant.
Venango Post 270
Kaleb Vak

Kaleb, a junior at Perkins County High School, is the son of Jami Roberts and James Vak. He has participated in drama, student council, FFA, speech, football and track; has held a class office and is on the honor roll.
Wallace Unit 213
Emma Franklin

Emma is the daughter of Judy Franklin, and a junior at Wallace High School. She has been a class officer and is on the honor roll. She has particpated in FCCLA, volleyball, drama, student council, basketball, speech, Quiz Bowl, music and was on the yearbook staff.
Wallace Post 213
Juan Gomez

Juan is the son of Juan and Maria Gomez. He attends Wallace High School and participates in drama, FFA, basketball, football, track and choir.
Chance Kennicutt
Chance is a junior at Wallace High School and the son of Dan and Vanessa Kennicutt. He is a class officer, on the honor roll and a member of National Honor Society. He has participated in FCCLA, drama, student council, speech, Quiz Bowl and is on the yearbook staff.