Members of the executive council of Hawkeye Boys State toured the historic office of Secretary of State Paul Pate at the Iowa State Capitol on June 16. Hawkeye Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and is a weeklong program that gives experience in forming a government, organization of political parties and how the relationship between others shapes Iowa government. It gives participants in-depth training in citizenship and democracy. The week-long program is held at Camp Dodge in Johnston. This year, 420 boys participated.


Luke Fevold from Nevada was named the Hawkeye Boys’ secretary of agriculture.


Fevold was provided an informational tour of the office by Secretary Paul Pate’s staff, which included examining the original handwritten Iowa Constitution, exploring the Capitol’s three-story vault and learning about the rich architectural history of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Capitol Office. Some members of the executive council registered to vote on top of the Iowa Constitution following their tour.


“My staff is proud to partner with the American Legion for Hawkeye Boys State each year,” Secretary of State Paul 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.”


Mark Snell, Chief Deputy Secretary of State, presented the executive council with certificates at the closing ceremony at Camp Dodge later that morning.


Members of the Hawkeye Boys State executive council include: Governor Aaron Havens, Grundy Center; Lt. Governor Jerry Glenn, Keokuk; Secretary of State Zack Johnson, Ely; Auditor of State Cory Critchlow, Carlisle; Treasurer of State Keenan Dolan, Blue Grass; Secretary of Agriculture Luke Fevold, Nevada; Attorney General Keven Hernandez, Sioux City and Adjutant General Anvay Pradhan, West Des Moines.