This week high school boys who will be seniors this fall will be heading to Warrensburg for the 70th annual session of Boys State, slated for June 13-20 at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
Boys State offers a model exercise, sponsored by the American Legion in Missouri. Delegates attend as part of seven counties and 21 cities. They engage in community leadership roles, seeking office from the municipal to the state level. Besides their duties, delegates will run government bodies together, attend classes on civics and practical subjects offered by the Highway Patrol and others.
Major business and state leaders will also address the group. Among the scheduled speakers is Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Boys State will conclude with the election of a governor. Those selected to attend have completed their junior year in high school, thus having one more year to benefit from the experience.
Attending from Monett High School will be Alban Dohmen as a delegate for Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post 91, Beau Bounous as a delegate for the Monett Lions Club, and Jason Obermann and Ryan Cody, both delegates for the Freistatt Lions Club.
Eight boys will be going from other Lawrence County communities. Attending from Mt. Vernon will be Caleb Smothers, representing American Legion Post 137. Ryan Jennings will be attending from Verona High School. Tyler Ruth will be representing the Marionville Lions Club.
Five Aurora High School students are scheduled to attend. Graham Weldin will represent the Aurora Lions Club. James Kendall will represent American Legion Post 126. Jacob Jenkins will be a delegate for the Rotary Club. Kyle Briegman and Joe Woodcock are being sponsored by the law firm of Pettit and Pettit.
Cassville American Legion Post 118 is sponsoring delegates from three towns. Attending from Purdy High School are Ramiro Rodriguez, Caleb Willey and Joshua Jones. Justin Brattin will be going from Exeter High School and Ryan Mitchell will be attending from Southwest High School in Washburn.