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Democracy at Boy's State
When school lets out, students
have three months in which they take
vacations, attend summer camps, get
a tan, go fishing, or just relax. But from
lune 14th to june 21st, around 1100
boys who will be seniors attend Boy's
State. These people are from high
schools scattered about Missouri. Ev-
ery state in the country has a Boy's
State and they are sponsored by the
What is Boy's State? Well, Boy's
State is a model of Missouri's Legisla-
ture. Every student learns about the
' Rob K hlar takes a break and plays frisbee.
Frisbee was a popular leisure activity at I-
Three journalists from Burroughs. Editor-
in-Chief of the Yearbook Melissa Pozsgay
lrightl and her associate editors grab a
quick lunch between classes.
A rare shot of the Country Day and Mary I.
I-Campers. Due to the large size of the
campus, it was hard to find them in one
place at a single point in time.
government while participating in his
legislative duties. The "state" is held
in Warrensburg, Mo. on the campus
of Central Missouri State University.
"Democracy depends on me" is the
Boy's State slogan, and during his stay
a student does learn that democracy
depends on him. When a student ar-
rives at the State, he is randomly
placed in one of the 16 cities which
has about 60 people. No one in the
city knows each other at first, but by
the end of the week the students
know everybody in their city.
The first order of events is to elect a
mayor who then organizes his city.
Elections are then held for senators
and state representatives for each
city. These people make the Boy's
State laws. During the stay each stu-
dent must attend a school of either
law, law enforcement, legislature, or
government executives. At each
school students are taught and then
testedg if a student does poorly on a
test, it's points off for your city.
By the middle of the week, a whole
model government is set up. The state
has a governor, a supreme court, a
house and a senate, and then each
city also has its own government. The
government even has its own state
troopers that can arrest people for
walking on the grass, and rapping
ltalking tol a waitress.
The saying that goes along with
Boy's State is that it was "A week to
shape a lifetime" and it was indeed. If
a student really puts effort into his
stay, he will accomplish a lot, and take
home an experience to be remem-
bered for the rest of his life.
By Guy Borders
I-Camp 81 Boy's Statef31”