Ruben Aguilar

Ruben Aguilar of Lincoln North Star High School was elected Governor of Cornhusker Boys State 2016.

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A Lincoln North Star High School student has been elected governor at the yearly Cornhusker Boys State event.

Ruben Aguilar, 17, beat out several other candidates for the position.

Aaron Zabawa, a Lux Middle School administrator and Boys State adviser for Lincoln Public Schools, said he is very proud to have Aguilar represent the state.

“(He) has a magnetic personality I would say,” Zabawa said. “Very personable, well versed on the issues. Just a great representative for our state and has all the qualities we would hope the boys would pick.”

Zabawa said the election process started Tuesday, which is earlier than in years past. Extending the election time period allowed the 375 Boys State participants to get to know the candidates better before voting.

As governor, Aguilar will preside over the Boys State program for 2017. Zabawa said he expects Aguilar to have some late nights throughout the year because of the many responsibilities that come with the position.

But that should be no issue, he said. During the campaign, Zabawa said he saw Aguilar working hard.

“He had to set himself apart and he ran a successful campaign, as grassroots as he can make it,” he said. “He won the boys over.”

On Thursday, Taylor Schendt of Omaha Westside High School was elected Girls State governor.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7214 or kknight@journalstar.com

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