From Staff Reports

Carlisle High School senior Jordan Sheets was recently elected Commissioner of State Lands during the 2013 session of Arkansas Boys State held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Sheets, son of Sid and Regina Sheets, said his favorite experience from the week spent at Boys State was meeting new people, learning how to campaign and effectively give speeches. He got to spend the day in the commissioner’s office, learning its day-to-day functions and visiting with staff about the different positions in the office.

Sheets is a member of his school’s football, weightlifting and trap shooting teams. Following high school, he plans on attending college and hopes to become a physical therapist.

“Boys State is an excellent opportunity for young men to be exposed to public service and leadership in their state government,” said Commissioner John Thurston. “I am proud that my office is able to participate in the education of these young men and hope that they consider choosing a career in public service,” he added.

Boys State, a mythical state created by the Americanism Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary in 1935, provides training for Arkansas youth in the fundamental aspects of citizenship and practical government on the local, county and state levels. Hundreds of boys from across Arkansas attend the conference every year.