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"I cannot possibly express in words how Boys State has prepared me to become a more civically active citizen."

-- Kaleb Miller '18
Puxico, MO

    Day to Day Activities - Tuesday, June 15th

County Government Finalized!

One of the most exciting assemblies of the week is the State Party Caucus. Taking place Tuesday morning, every citizen of Boys State reported to their respective party's statewide event to participate in a discussion on their prospective platform. For the first time this week, every single member of the Federalist and Nationalist parties were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the issues that mattered to them.

Citizens of each party were also treated to speeches from their party's candidates for various statewide elected offices. These fiery speeches were some of the most critical addresses delivered all week, as each slate of candidates is in the process of vying for their party's nomination. By tomorrow afternoon following a primary election, each party will present their newly nominated slate of candidates and the race for statewide office -including the governorship- will officially begin.

The second athletic period took place Monday afternoon as citizens began to fall into the groove of competing as teams. Statewide athletic competition is a large factor in the tabulation of Model City points at the end of the week, and the city that claims the athletic title will receive a sizable boost in points. Sports offered at Missouri Boys State include Quiz Bowl, Volleyball, Softball, and more. As the week rolls on, rivalries will likely develop between cities. As the race for Model City heats up, athletic activities are a likely battleground for hopeful cities to make an impact on the contest.

Supreme Court Sworn In

During the Evening Assembly, Missouri Supreme Court Associate Justice Zel Fischer swore in the Missouri Boys State Supreme Court. After the assembly, the citizens were dismissed to further governmental activities, and the students of the Law school tackled the Missouri Boys State Bar Exam. Tomorrow, they look forward to selecting their state candidates and beginning the race for state office.

Julian Castro Accepts George W. Lehr Memorial Speaker Chair

Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro visited Warrensburg this evening to accept the George W. Lehr chair. This honor is presented to the headlining speaker of the session, and typically someone with a major national profile. Delivering the keynote address for the week, Secretary Castro's address underscored the importance of MBS citizen's civic engagement. From the stage of Hendricks Hall, he reminded the audience to continue down the academic and career path that got them to MBS in the first place. He outlined his path from Thomas Jefferson High School, to Harvard Law School, to the Obama administration and beyond. He then fielded questions from Missouri Boys State Citizens, who asked him about a wide array of topics ranging from the 2008 mortgage crisis, to how his religious views may influence his policymaking, to his political future. To conclude the evening, Secretary Castro participated in interviews with student journalists which will be aired in tomorrow evening's broadcast.

George W. Lehr Chair

Many years ago, the Board of Directors of Missouri Boys State decided that it would be a tragedy if we let the memory of George Lehr fade away. His life of service dedicated a fitting and long lasting tribute.

George Lehr started his young life as an All-State Football and Basketball star. After being stricken with polio, his body may have been disabled but his spirit was strong and vibrant.

He personified what Public Service, devotion to family, and excellence in business is all about. With handicaps that would have stopped others, George walked a path straight and true- County Executive, CPA, State Auditor, President of the Central States Pension Fund, and devoted Father.

His work cleaning up the badly mismanaged Central States Pension Fund ensure the members of the Teamsters Union a secure future. His outstanding efforts were recognized in a Forbes magazine feature article and in a resolution passed by the United States Senate.

Success came Naturally to George Lehr.

At the height of his political career, with the Governor's Office easily within reach, George took one of many courageous steps and chose time with his family and critically ill son over personal ambition.

In honor of his many contributions to the State of Missouri, the Missouri Boys State Trust established the George Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair in 1988 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Boys State Program.

The Lehr Chair was designed to assist the Boys State program in bringing the finest names in public service to the yearly Boys State Session to interact with our citizens.

In 1954, when George Lehr was chosen to go to Boys State, we know now, it was an outstanding choice. His potential was real and that first spark was struck right here at Missouri Boys State.

George's wife, Barbara, said: "It is at Boys State where George would like his torch kept lit."

MBS Record

The citizens of Missouri Boys State publish a paper that is delivered to the citizens every morning. Copies of this paper are published here every day for your enjoyment. Today's edition is available here.

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In addition to almost 1,000 Citizen attendees, Missouri Boys State brings over 150 volunteers that give over a week of their time to make this session possible.



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