Boys Town's New Mayor

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

There's a new mayor in town. A Florida boy has been elected mayor of Boys Town.

Sam Saintizaire of Greenacres, Florida was elected the 114th mayor of the incorporated village of Boys Town. The new vice mayor is Emily Colling of Omaha.

Saintizaire is active in track, football and basketball and is a student council member. Colling sings in the Boys Town choir and is on the honor roll.

The Rev. Edward Flanagan, who founded Boys Town, conceived the self-government system in 1926 as a tool to build character, citizenship and a sense of community.

The process was made famous in the 1938 movie "Boys Town." Mickey Rooney portrayed Whitey Marsh, a tough young boy who turns his life around and becomes mayor of Boys Town.

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