Kevin Kaltenmark '16 Participated at Boys State
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Posted by: Megan Jamen
In June, St. Francis High School student Kevin Kaltenmark ’16 (St. Charles) participated in the week-long Boys State program at Eastern Illinois University, sponsored by the American Legion. He was nominated by teacher Mike Harper for his “strong performance” in his AP US History course, maintaining an “A” average and scoring a “5” on the AP exam; and he was selected and sponsored by American Legion Post 556 at Cantigny.
According to the Illinois Boys State program website, Boys State began in Illinois in 1934 and is a “program of citizenship training…[which can] be regarded as a mythical fifty-first state with a constitution, a body of law and practices peculiar to it alone.”
Kaltenmark said that this opportunity allowed him to learn a lot about how government works at the city, state and country levels, and specifically, in Illinois. Additionally, he learned that “every citizen can and should be involved in government.” He described the program as a “game in which eight counties try to win points by passing bills, winning elections and winning sports competitions and more.” While there, he served in the House of Representatives, played volleyball and worked with his county’s lobbyist team. His county placed third in the competition.
In September, Kaltenmark will speak about his experience at Boys State at the American Legion’s monthly meeting.