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David Axelrod to appear at Missouri Boys State!

David AxelrodSenior Advisor to President Barack Obama and director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago David Axelrod 26th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair and deliver the keynote address at the general assembly of the 75th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. on Saturday evening, June 14th at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Mr. Axelrod will address nearly 1,000 of Missouri’s finest high school juniors who are participating in a week-long citizenship and leadership training program sponsored by the Missouri Department of the American Legion. His keynote address will also kick off the 75th Session of Missouri Boys State.

During his time at the White House, Axelrod was the Administration's most frequent presence on the influential Sunday talk shows including NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, FOX News Sunday and CNN’s State of the Union. He also appeared several times on The Tonight Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Late Show with David Letterman just to name a few.

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Welcome to Missouri Boys State

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri 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 to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning.

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

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

Citizens of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri are eligible to receive college credit and scholarships for participating and successfully completing Boys State.


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The 75th Session of MBS
June 14-21, 2014
on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.



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