BOYS TOWN, Neb. – Boys Town youth today elected Jafar Liebers of Lincoln, Nebraska, the 123rd Mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Abby Masonbrink was elected Vice-Mayor.
Jafar Liebers is 16-years-old, and his campaign theme was: Jafar: True to Boys Town, True to You. “I want to show campus that I love Boys Town and the youth," said Liebers. “I love helping and advocating for people, I want to be a voice for campus". One goal of his as mayor is getting more attendance to the girls sporting events at Boys Town.
Jafar is involved in Student Council, Peer Ministry, and is the Battalion Command of the JROTC and Chief of Cadets for the Village of Boys Town Police Department. His goal is to attend Creighton University to study Business and Photography. His Family-Teachers are Jeff and Hilary Jackson.
Abby Masonbrink plays for Boys Town's volleyball, softball, and swimming teams. She is also on the National Honors Society and has a role as a Peer Minister. After graduation, Abby wants to become an ultrasound tech, move to Denver, Colorado and start a family. Abby's Family-Teachers are Beki and Louie Reyes.
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.