The local American Legion sponsored four WHS students – Dallas Ernst, Adrian Shanahan, Jace Hale and Matt Dillon – to participate this past summer in the annual Missouri Boys State held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Missouri Boys’ State is an eight-day, hands-on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors from throughout the state to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning.

 “This was a week to shape a lifetime,” said the WHS students who attended. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We had a great time and heard amazing speakers. It was the single best week all summer and we’re still staying connected with the friends we made.”

One idea paramount above any other at Missouri Boys State is that the individual is the one with the power to change the world. Whether athlete or politician, journalist or scientist, each and every person has the power to make a difference in the world.

WHS students filled a variety of roles including athletic director, council member, city clerk, chaplain, attorney, juror, witness, judge, etc.

Using the U.S. democratic system as a basis, Boys State equips the participants each year to construct their own state, utilizing the core values that hold true in everyday lives. They teach the need for competition, the value of public service, the strength of the individual voice and vote. By reinforcing these basic American ideals, Boys State helps to shape society’s future. This is what the American Legion Boys State of Missouri program is all about.