Bennett & Dennis Herrick Memorial American Legion Post 626
Boys State Senators Macken and Francois with Legionnaire Joe Farris during the 2016 class.
We Greatly Appreciate
and Thank our Sponsors
Boys State Student
Gladstone Dodge and
Legionnaires Bob Box,
Nelson Duncan and
Boys State Donors:
Elks Lodge #2376,
Councilman R.D. Mallams, Gerald Braton, Carol Driver, Bill McDonald and Douglas Millison
Girls State Student Sponsors:
Antioch Bible Baptist Church and Legionnaire Bob Box
Girls State Donors:
Elks Lodge #2376, Aux Unit 61 member Michelle Bresee and Legionnaires Phyllis Rosales and R.D. Mallams
Gladstone Legionnaires conducting interviews for the 2014 session of Missouri Boys State.
Boys and Girls State are independent programs of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. They are intensive week long training sessions in June that revolve around our system of government and civic responsibilities. Our Post has participated in many Boys State sessions and is currently exploring becoming involved in sending students to Girls State.
High school students are chosen by a board of Legionnaires from a list of students compiled by the schools guidance counselor. We are looking at the students activities and accomplishments both in school and in the community at large. Our Post works with donations from the public and businesses of the community as well as our own funds to sponsor the students attendance which is currently $400 for Boys State and $300 for Girls State per student.
During this week students will have their choice of schools to attend. Each school has it's own major, those being; Legislative, Campaigning and Political Operations, Law, Journalism and Public Administration. They will also be elected or appointed to positions of responsibility which include but are not limited to; Governor, House of Representatives, County Commissioner or Clerk, Attorney, Anchor, Reporter, Chaplain and Lobbyist.
Two students will be selected from the Boys and Girls State classes to attend Boys and Girls Nations in July. See the video's at right for feedback from students and alumni of the National Course.