Nine local high school students have been selected to attend The American Legion’s Missouri Boys State program this year.

Philip Holmes, Jaylin Jones, Jon Lowe, Dashawn Mccummings, Alexander Munoz, John Parker, and Richard Petitt from Waynesville High School and Ben Hough and Alex Pershing from Laquey High School will be attending The American Legion’s Missouri Boys State program on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg Frank Angelo, Commander of American Legion Post 331 announced.

Established in 1938, Boys State has become one of the most prestigious leadership and citizenship training programs in the nation for high school juniors who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their school. The 75th session will be held June 14 – 21, 2014. During the 8-day program, these highly distinguished juniors will experience government through a “hands-on learning” approach, enhance their leadership skills, and develop an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Using our democratic system as a basis, they will be equipped to construct their own state, utilizing the core values that hold true in our everyday lives. They will be taught the need for competition, the value of public office, and the strength of the individual voice and vote. By reinforcing and learning these basic American ideals, these boys will help shape the future of our society. Each boy who actively participates will earn college credit hours, have access to over two million dollars in scholarships made available only top boys who attend Boys State and will have a very valuable experience to include on college applications and job applications.

The boys selected to attend Boys State, their families, counselors and sponsors will be attending a special Boys State briefing conducted by Boys State representatives at 7:00 p.m. on May 15th in American Legion Post 331, located at 484 St. Robert Outer Road in St. Robert to learn more about the program. This briefing is open to anyone who would like to learn more about this program.

A special thank you is extended to the following businesses and organizations for sponsoring the Boys State Program for local youth. American Legion Riders; Arrowmart Furniture & Appliances; B & B Creative Designs; Car-Tunes; Central Ozark Voiture 460; Joseph & Janet Crider; Ehrhardt’s Properties; Ercil’s Jewelry; First State Bank; Goodrich Gas, Inc.; Mailbox IT; NAPA Auto Parts; David Lowe, Attorney at Law; Kimberly Lowe, Attorney at Law; Lynch’s Furniture and Appliance, Inc.; mark Prugh, Attorney at Law; Mid-Missouri Credit Union; Miller Real Estate; Pulaski County Business Graphics; Reliable Tax and Business Services, Inc. dba H & R Block; Security Bank; Seda’s Gift Shoppe & PS Computer Repair; Seller – Sexton, Inc.; Sergeant Major’s Association; St. Robert Glass; Steve’s Service Cetner, and Martin Vernon Memorial Chapel of Waynesville.