HJ - Baker Hawkeye Boys State Program

Alex Baker of Clarinda was awarded a certificate of recognition for his participation in the American Legion's Hawkeye Boys State program. Baker was elected Auditor of State during the week-long program held June 9-14 at Camp Dodge in Johnston. (photo provided)

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate congratulates Alex Baker from Clarinda for his election as Auditor of State at the American Legion’s Hawkeye Boys State program.

Hawkeye Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion of Iowa. It is a program that gives participants hands-on experience in forming a government and organizing political parties. The week-long program was held at Camp Dodge in Johnston on June 9-14.

Boys State participants visited the Iowa State Capitol on June 14 and were provided an informational tour of the Secretary of State’s Office. Secretary Pate signed certificates of recognition to provide to each member of the Hawkeye Boys State Executive Council. While visiting Secretary Pate’s office, 68 Boys State participants registered to vote, on top of the case that contains the original State of Iowa Constitution, written in 1857.

“My staff is proud to partner with the American Legion for Hawkeye Boys State each year,” Secretary Pate said. “We assist with their elections, speak to them about the value of voting and encourage them to remain civically engaged. Boys State is a great program that provides valuable life experience for these young leaders.” 

Members of the Hawkeye Boys State executive council include: Governor Patrick Junker, Waukee; Lt. Governor Samuel Harrison, Sioux Center; Secretary of State Sam Sirna, Story City; Auditor of State Alex Baker, Clarinda; Treasurer of State Chance Wessels, Lamont; Secretary of Agriculture Keenan Beeck, Denison and Attorney General Ethan Tuttle, Clive.

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