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-- Anthony E. Navarrete '07
Slayter, MO

Press Release

June 13, 2005

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Director Craig Ritchie, Bob Holden, and Mike Stewart(WARRENSBURG, MO) – Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, a long-time supporter and volunteer at The American Legion Boys State of Missouri was inducted into the MBS Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Hendricks Hall at Central Missouri State University tonight. Holden has been an MBS staff volunteer for over 20 years. Holden delivered the keynote speech during the general assembly at the 66th annual session of Missouri Boys State prior to his induction. Holden urged the 981 participants to get involved in the political process and work to make the future brighter. Following his address, Holden took questions from the participants on a variety of subjects including healthcare, education and state budget issues. Holden also thanked The American Legion for sponsoring the Boys State program and for their commitment to youth programs throughout the state of Missouri.

“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the MBS Hall of Fame, over my career I’ve been inspired by the youth of Missouri. It’s a great feeling to be included in the Hall of Fame with so many outstanding Boys State leaders” said Holden.

Former MBS Director Mike Stewart presented Holden with a plaque to commemorate his induction. Current MBS Director Craig Ritchie presented Holden with the customary Boys State staff shirt following his induction. The MBS Hall of Fame was created as part of the 50th anniversary of the Boys State program in 1988.


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