A total of 49 North of the River students were nominated to represent their community and school at Arkansas Boys State 2023, an immersive leadership and civic engagement experience sponsored by the American Legion.
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The following students from 13 high schools across central Arkansas will join more than 500 young men attending the program's 82nd session at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway from May 28 to June 2.
Austin Edwards of North Little Rock from Central Arkansas Christian
Jack Landes of Maumelle from Central Arkansas Christian
Sebastian Figueroa of Maumelle from Maumelle Charter High School
Tyler Wood of Maumelle from Maumelle Charter High School
Brennan Tipps of Maumelle from Maumelle Charter High School
Carter Davis of Maumelle from Maumelle Charter High School
Carter Baldwin of North Little Rock from Maumelle Charter High School
Tag Andrews of Maumelle from Maumelle High School
Devin Campbell of Maumelle from Maumelle High School
Javonte Harris of North Little Rock from North Little Rock Center of Excellence
Andrew Jenkins of North Little Rock from North Little Rock High School
James Couch of North Little Rock from North Little Rock High School
Jackson Ray of North Little Rock from North Little Rock High School
Rovon Roberts of North Little Rock from North Little Rock High School
Dewan Thompson of Sherwood from Lisa Academy North High School
Elijah Palermo of Sherwood from Lisa Academy North High School
James Camp of Sherwood from Sylvan Hills High School
Jay Nichols of Sherwood from Sylvan Hills High School
Derrick Young II of Sherwood from eStem High School
Kam Moore of North Little Rock from Mills University Studies High School
Logan Rogers of Maumelle from Arkansas Virtual Academy High School
Whit Weatherton of Maumelle from Parkview Magnet High School
Richard Hampton of North Little Rock from Parkview Magnet High School
Daniel Nkunga of Sherwood from Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
Kade Williams of Sherwood from Conway Christian School
"Arkansas Boys State is a legacy program that has produced remarkable local, state, national and international leaders," said Lloyd Jackson, executive director of Arkansas Boys State. "That these students were nominated to attend speaks volumes to their character, pursuit of excellence, and desire to make their community stronger."
During their week at Arkansas Boys State, students will be assigned a political party, city, and county. Throughout the week, they will administer, from the ground up, a mock government as if it were real: run for office, draft and pass legislation, solve municipal challenges, and engage constituents.
"We like to say that Arkansas Boys State is a week that shapes a lifetime, and our tens of thousands of alumni can attest to that," said Jackson. "We're thrilled that these outstanding students are joining us and will experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Students at Arkansas Boys State will be guided through their experience by more than 60 volunteers who serve the program. The staff of volunteers includes college students and career professionals with interests and expertise in education, finance, industry, politics and government, journalism, and more.
The week's activities, including keynote speakers, general assemblies, and election speeches, will be streamed live by Arkansas PBS on their Arkansas Citizens Access Network: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.
Arkansas Boys State is an immersive program in civics education designed for high school juniors. Since 1940, the week-long summer program has transformed the next generation of leaders throughout the state and beyond. These men have become state, national, and international leaders, including Pres. Bill Clinton, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former White House Chiefs of Staff Mack McLarty and Jack Watson Jr., Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. John Boozman and Arkansas Chief Justice John Dan Kemp.
Learn more at arboysstate.org.