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A Ketchikan boy will represent Alaska for the first time at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Alex Ortiz, who will be a senior at Kayhi in the fall, and Service High School's John Hanus will be among 98 boys nationwide to attend the American Legion-sponsored July event in the nation's capital.
Ortiz, Kyle Bailey, Thomas Gaffney, William Pfeifer Jr. and Nicholas Rosenfeld represented Ketchikan at Boys State in Wasilla last week. Forty-nine teens from across the state attended, according to Jim Van Horn of the Ketchikan Post of the American Legion.
Boys State and Boys Nation simulate the activities in the Senate and House of Representatives for "an intense week of learning about our government," according to Van Horn. In addition to being representatives, participants ran for various offices. Ortiz was elected mayor, president of the senate and governor. Bailey was elected commissioner of corrections. Guest speakers from the state House and Senate addressed Boys State.