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Maddie Hagan of Papillion, Nebraska Elected 121st Mayor of Boys Town

BOYS TOWN, Neb. – Boys Town youth today elected Maddie Hagan of Papillion, Nebraska, the 121st mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Jay Ballard of Baltimore, Maryland, was elected vice- mayor. 

Maddie Hagan is 17-years-old, and her campaign theme was: we are better together through discussions, encouraging, and being kind to everyone. “Boys Town has changed the trajectory of my life," said Hagan. “I want to be an encouraging leader and lead the campus towards a more inclusive and proactive Boys Town."  

Maddie plays for the Boys Town soccer team, competes for the cross-country team, and has been on the honor roll for each quarter. Maddie has a strong faith and shares this and her kindness with others in her role as a Peer Minister. After graduation, she plans to go to college and potentially become a mental health specialist. Her Family-Teachers are Kyle and Jodi Skartvedt. 

Jay Ballard is captain of the Boys Town Football team and captain of the wrestling team. He also is on the National Honors Society and wants to be a peer minister. After graduation, he wants to enroll in a four-year college and play football. His goal is to become a physical therapist. His Family-Teachers are Zachary and Alexis Myers. 

Father Edward J. Flanagan conceived the self-government system at the Village of Boys Town in 1926 as a tool for its citizens to build character, citizenship and a sense of community. The process was made famous in the 1938 Academy Award-winning movie “Boys Town," where Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Whitey Marsh, a tough young boy who turns his life around and becomes Mayor of Boys Town.​​