Boys State elects governor, other officers

June 13 2007

Ivan Chernoskutov, a student at Angola High School, has been elected as the governor of Hoosier Boys State being held this week on the campus of Indiana State University. Grant Lin of Indianapolis, a student at Lawrence North High School, was elected Lieutenant Governor.

Politics moves quickly at Hoosier Boys State, the annual exercise in democracy and civic involvement sponsored by the American Legion Department of Indiana.

Following a primary election on Tuesday (June 12), the parties showed support for their gubernatorial candidates at a political rally Tuesday night, where the candidates introduced themselves to Boys State attendees.

A debate was conducted Wednesday morning (June 13) between the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, and balloting in the general election began at 11 a.m.

Results of the voting were announced shortly thereafter, with Chernoskutov, choice of the Nationalist Party, defeating Federalist candidate Grayson Swaim of Camby, a student at Mooresville High School.

Just hours later, Chernoskutov was sworn in as governor of the 70th Hoosier Boys State. Chernoskutov will attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C., at the end of July, and will receive scholarships totaling $1,000, which he can use toward college.

Other Boys State officers elected Wednesday:
Secretary of State, Todd Smith, Shelbyville, Shelbyville High School
Attorney General, Johnnie Long, Knightstown, Morton Memorial High School
Treasurer, Artis Hailey, Hammond, Hammond High School
Auditor of State, Reid Dickerson, Indianapolis, North Central High School
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Christopher Kleckner, Indianapolis, North Central High School

Hoosier Boys State activities continue on the Indiana State campus through Saturday, when more than 600 delegates return home and the girls take over for the 66th Hoosier Girls State, June 17-23, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.


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Ivan Chernoskutov, 70th Boys State Governor

CAPTION: Ivan Chernoskutov of Angola, shakes hands on his way to the podium during the Hoosier Boys State political rally Tuesday night on the campus of Indiana State University. Chernoskutov was elected governor of the 70th Hoosier Boys State today (June 13). (Drew Lurker/ISU)

CONTACTS for Hoosier Boys State: Susan Long, Americanism coordinator, American Legion Department of Indiana, (812) 237-8121 or; Bill Jackson, director, Hoosier Boys State, From June 7-16, Boys State officials may be reached at (812) 237-8121.

WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or

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Hoosier Boys State governor, hailing from Angola, and other officers were elected and sworn in June 13 at Indiana State University.

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