Tomboli of White Hall elected Chief Justice at Arkansas Boys State


Ethan Tomboli of White Hall from White Hall High School was elected as Chief Justice at Arkansas Boys State 2023, a summer leadership and civic engagement experience sponsored by the American Legion.

Tomboli was one of 14 students elected by his peers to state office on Thursday, June 1, as part of the 82nd annual session of Arkansas Boys State, where students build a mock government, including the state constitutional offices: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, land commissioner, treasurer, and chief justice and associate justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

“Being elected to state office at Arkansas Boys State is the highest honor our students could achieve,” said Lloyd Jackson, executive director of Arkansas Boys State. “This election speaks volumes about his character and excellence of Ethan and his desire to serve his community.”

On Friday morning, Tomboli will travel to the capitol in Little Rock where he will take office, meet with constituents, and learn more about their respective roles alongside their elected counterparts.

“There are simply no words to describe the honor that Ethan has earned,” said Jackson. “This is what it’s all about. From all of us – leadership, staff, and alumni – we share the most heartfelt congratulations to Ethan, his school, his community, and his family.”

Tomboli is one of more than 470 students from throughout the state attending Arkansas Boys State at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Students are mock citizens in eight different counties and congressional districts, sixteen cities, and two political parties.