Kiwanians heard details about the 73rd session of Boys State experienced the model government program organized by the American Legion in Monett.
Asher George, son of Noel and Shuree George, who begins his senior year at Monett High School this fall, filed a report on his experience with Jon Suit, club secretary. George was a delegate for Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91.
Boys State is designed to educate and train young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership and government. Nearly 1,000 high school students attended the event.
"It was a great learning experience about the way government works," George said, "how to make new friends in a week through sports, and a learning experience about myself and my reaction to the events that occurred."
George was assigned to the town of Weyer City. He chose to attend journalism school and worked as a reporter for KMBS radio. A member of the Nationalist party, George picked up the duties as bailiff for the municipal court in Weyer City.
"I was surprised that there were so many great speakers and presentations in the main sessions of Missouri Boys State," George said. "I think my favorite was the Navy Seal boxer.
"I did a new sport each day," George continued. "My favorite was Ultimate Frisbee. The sports and activities were a lot of fun even though I was plum worn out by the time all of them were over."
George expressed surprise that those assigned to Weyer City came together to create a fully functioning government in seven days, overcoming personal differences to form a community.
"Our city was runner-up for model city and we all thought we should have received first because of all our hard work," George added.