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"I extremely enjoyed my time at Missouri Boys State. I will recommend it to anyone."

-- Patrick Logan Murray '14
Jefferson City, MO

Democracy in Action

The 2016 Missouri Boys State Awards ceremony was held in the University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Building on Saturday morning. Family and supporters experienced a fully functional government at the city, county, and state levels. Citizens held city council meetings, county commissioner hearings, both the House and Senate were in session, the Supreme Court held and decided on a case, and various stations demonstrated the Schools of Instruction.

The countless accomplishments made throughout the week were formally recognized with an award ceremony, marking the end of a fantastic 77th session of Missouri Boys State.

Throughout the week, these high school juniors were given the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and understand the impact they can have on themselves and the world around them. These leaders have made lifetime friends and memories, truly making Boys State A Week To Shape A Lifetime.

Citizen of the Week Scholarship
Winner: Brandon Henderson - Richardson City, Kansas City, MO
Receives $10,000 Scholarship ($2,500 renewable for four years)

1st Alternate
Will Benhardt - Clark City, Troy, MO
Receives $2,500 Scholarship

2nd Alternate
Dawson Lynch - Whitfield City, St. James, MO
Receives $1,500 Scholarship

Additional Alternates:
Ward Reynolds - Lewis City, Ozark, MO
Deshoun Billups - Weyer City, St. Louis, MO
Nickolas Hartman - Whitfield City, Smithville, MO
Maddox Dockins - Crowder City, Independence, MO
Zavian Hill - Pershing City, Lee's Summit, MO
Receive $500 Scholarship each

Boys Nation Delegates
Aaron Mohabbat - Duggan City, St. Louis, MO
Ryan Murphy - Carver City, O'Fallon, MO

1st Alternate
Jesse Liu - Duggan City, St. Louis, MO

2nd Alternate
Parker Mee - Carnahan City, Springfield, MO

Boys Nation will be held on the campus of Marymount
University in Arlington, VA, July 22-30, 2016.

Samsung American Legion State
Scholarship Winner and National Finalist

Clay Martin - Gambrel City, Bolivar, MO
Scholarship amount to be announced.

Charlie W. Mickey Scholarship Winner
Ethan Grandel - Gambrel City, Fordland, MO
Receives $500 Scholarship

Harry S. Truman Model City Award
Ingle City

Jerry Litton Model County Award
Benton County (Kohn City and Whitfield City)

Athletics Competition
Richardson City (1st Place)
Kohn City (2nd Place)
Carver City (3rd Place)

2016 Staff Scholarship
Joe Durand
Dominic Franceschelli
Adam Alghalith

2016 Governor's Cup Challange Winner
The Amazing 2016 MBS Staff -- 77 years in a row!

Citizen of the Week

Citizen of the Week: Brandon Henderson and Dawson Lynch


Boys Nation Delegates and Alternates: Steve Grand, Ryan Murphy, Aaron Mohabbat, Jessie Liu, Parker Mee, and Mike Stewart


Staff Scholarship

Staff Scholarship Winners: Joe Durand, Dominic Franceschelli, Adam Alghalith, with Dean of Counselors Dale Wright and Dean of Operations Dr. Tim Miller


Governor's Cup: Dale Wright, Adam McClellan, and John Blesz accepting the 2016 Governor's Cup Trophy

Outstanding Awards
2016 Outstanding Awards Winners

Outstanding Lobbyist
Riley Otten, Carver City


Outstanding Representative
Romeo Yonatan Bagunu, Richardson City

Outstanding Senator
Spencer Owens, Whitfield City


Outstanding Legislative Staff
Caleb Bavinka, Carnahan City

Outstanding State Appointed Official
Cale Harper, Clark City


Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer
Othellis Roper, Lewis City

Outstanding Fireman
Lucas VanDaveer, Whitfield City


Outstanding Attorney
Collin Limp, Kohn City

Outstanding Judge
Will Miller, Boone City


Outstanding Journalist
Jason Hyde, Clark City

Outstanding City Clerk
Devin Wilfong, Kohn City


Outstanding Businessman
John Bauer, Matthew Cochran,
and Ethan Frostestad, Blair City

Outstanding City Treasurer
Jack Starnes, Weyer City


Outstanding Political Party Chairman
Pedro Santiago, Ingle City




The citizens of the 2016 session of Missouri Boys State started the morning with mixed feelings, whether it be happy for being apart of the experience or sad to be leaving their new friends as they cleaned up their room and city area for the last time as citizens. It would be the last of a lot of things today, last breakfast, last assembly, and for some, last time seeing some of the incredible new people they met only seven, short days ago.

The first event of the day would be the Democracy in Action. Democracy in Action was a demonstration of the knowledge and tools learned by the citizens in their stay at Boys State, shown to the family and friends of the citizens. Along this tour given to the parents, they would see the House of Representatives & Senate in session, the Supreme Court would hear cases, and displays would be set up to show the various Schools of Instruction.

After DIA, all citizens, staff, and families would file into the multipurpose building for awards. Outstanding performer awards would go out to the following categories such as: Journalist, Lobbyist, Clerk, Treasurer, Attorney, Law Officer, Businessman, Judge, Party Commissioner, and Legislator.  The winner of the highly-prized Model City was announced, as well as Model County. Each year, Boys Nation is held in Washington D.C. and each Boys State sends 2 delegates to represent their state, a very high honor. Also, a citizen who embodied the program of Boys State the best was named Citizen of the Week along with an $10,000 scholarship to the college of their choice, the highest individual honor at Boys State. The staff was awarded their 77th consecutive Governor’s Cup award, remaining undefeated. Richardson City would then take home the prize of the city Athletic Competition. Three staff members each year are awarded with the Staff Scholarship to the college of their choice, worth $2,500.

The ceremony would be closed with remarks by Director Matt Dameron, reflecting back on the amazing week. Reminding the citizens of all that they accomplished while here and the accomplishments to come in the future. Director Dameron would remind the citizens to be leaders in their communities or wherever life may take them and to put service before you. The session would be officially closed leaving the citizens with memories and friendships to last them a lifetime.

The American Legion Department of Missouri

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