Sioux Center youth talk about Boys State

Sam Harrison, Eli Crane, Jake Crumrine, Carter Vande Vegte and Casey Te Grotenhuis shared about their Boys State experience with the Sioux Center Legion at its meting Thursday night, Sept. 19.

SIOUX CENTER—Five Sioux Center High School seniors talked about their Boys State experience with the Sioux Center American Doornink-Brunstring Legion Post No. 199 at is monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 19.

Sam Harrison, Eli Crane, Jake Crumrine, Carter Vande Vegte and Casey Te Grotenhuis were selected as juniors to participate in the event held June 9-14 at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

This was the first year the Legion has sent more than three students to Boys State, which is a summer leadership and citizenship program sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for high school juniors, respectively.

Through Boys State, participants learn about the roles of the government at the city, county and state level by. They take part in mock elections and are elected to different positions.

A highlight for Harrison was being elected Lieutenant Governor. Crumrine was elector mayor.

“It was really engaging and super fun,” Crane said.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have fun,” Te Grotenhuis said. “I learned a lot about public speaking and elections. It was an awesome experience.”