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Florida Boy Becomes Nebraska’s Boys Town Mayor

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Boys Town youth elected Samuel (Sam) Saintizaire(left) of Greenacres, Fla., the 114th mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Emily Colling (right) of Omaha, Neb. was elected vice mayor. (Source: boystown.org)

Boys Town youth elected Samuel (Sam) Saintizaire(left) of Greenacres, Fla., the 114th mayor of the Village of Boys Town. Emily Colling (right) of Omaha, Neb. was elected vice mayor. (Source: boystown.org)

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BOYS TOWN, NE (CBSMiami/AP) — A boy from South Florida is the newest mayor in a Nebraska community.

Sam Saintizaire, 17, of Greenacres, Florida, was elected earlier this month as the 114th mayor of the incorporated village of Boys Town, on the western edge of Omaha. 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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