|Boys State convenes Sunday at BGSU|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 07 June 2013 14:21|
Buckeye Boys State, a mock government organization for high school junior boys, is back at Bowling Green State University for the 36th year.
More than 1,200 delegates will descend upon Bowling Green beginning Sunday and they will remain here for a week. While here, they will learn about the inner-workings of government, hear from representatives from the executive, legislative and judicial branches, and be educated on the importance of being a good citizen.
Several state officials will visit Boys State throughout the week, including Gov. John Kasich. The governor will speak to the delegates at 3 p.m. Monday in the McDonald Residence Hall quadrangle.
At the opening ceremony Sunday night at the Stroh Center, BGSU President Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey and Boys State President Richard Zulch, of Jerry City, will address the delegates along with State Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green.
On Monday, Ohio State University Head Wrestling Coach Tom Ryan will speak along with Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards and National American Legion Vice Commander Glenn Hickman.
Elections will be held on Tuesday.
The Boys State Inauguration ceremony will be Wednesday evening at the Stroh Center. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy will swear in some of the elected officials. American Legion State Commander Steve Masowick will also be in attendance.
On Thursday, Wood County’s commissioners will be in attendance for the evening program, which will include an Ohio State Highway Patrol Memorial Service.
Eric Bucher, a 1997 Boys State delegate, and Lead Flight Systems Engineer for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk Program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be a special guest at the Thursday evening program.
On Friday, delegates will participate in an official U.S. flag retirement ceremony and on Saturday, Boys State will honor its outstanding citizens.
Boys State concludes on June 16 with a morning graduation ceremony at the Stroh Center. Robert Ochlers, a 1984 delegate and a Boys Nation delegate will address the graduates.
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