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"I had no idea what I was in for, having had no prior interest in the political process at any level. But on the day the votes were tallied and the announcement was made that I won the highest executive position in the state I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. I had a new outlook on what our government officials go through to get where they are."

-- Aaron Nickens '88
Kansas City, MO
Elected MBS Governor

OCONUS - Overseas Citizens

Missouri Boys State proudly offers participation to selected young men who are military and other dependent students and are attending high schools Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).  The Board of Directors recognized that talented U.S. citizens living OCONUS do not have ready access to programs such as Missouri Boys State.  In the spirit of "taking care of our own" and the long heritage of The American Legion, the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors unanimously agreed to open Missouri Boys State to sons of families serving OCONUS.

This initiative was begun in 2003 with a single citizen from Osan High School, Korea and continued each session since. These future leaders were able to interact and compare experiences from the various Missouri locales to the postings of our military and other families outside the Continental United States.

Missouri Boys State places no Missouri residency restrictions on OCONUS students.  A limited number of available seats will vary from year to year.  Furthermore, these limited seats do not displace any of the 960 seats available each year to Missouri high schools.

All other eligibility criteria remain the same.  Funding for both the program fee and transportation ($450.00) are the responsibility of the overseas sponsor. For more information, please contact MBS Headquarters.

Purpose



To offer a unique leadership and citizenship opportunity for selected young men who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who are attending high schools Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).

Informational Materials

We have developed an information PowerPoint presentation which provides detailed information on this program.

     

Download our
Informational Flyer to post at your school!
Recruiting Flyer


2016 Participation



In 2016, the following three gentlemen from several overseas sites were citizens at Missouri Boys State.

Pedro Santiago Jason Hyde Randle Steinbeck

Pedro Santiago
Antilles High School
Puerto Rico

Jason Hyde
Monanalua High School
Hawaii

Randle Steinbeck
Ramstein High School
Germany

Outstanding Political Party Leader; Boys Nation Nominee; Citizen of the Model City; State Central Committee Chairman; County Committee Chairman; Delegate to State Convention, Ward I; Delegate to County Committee, Ward I

Outstanding Journalist; Producer – KMBS Radio; County Clerk                                  

Senator; Senate Assistant Majority Leader; Senate Committee Chairman; State Central Committee Secretary; County Committee Vice-Chairman; Delegate to County Committee, Ward I

"When I came to this program I had no idea what I was capable of doing. I never knew I could speak in front of 500 people. I never knew I could speak in front of 1,000 people. I never knew I could lead an entire political party.  This program is great! It’s amazing. You build bonds - you connect with others who don’t know you - people are very friendly - the staff members are here for you. You will learn how to build a state government from the bottom up and you will enjoy it." - Pedro Santiago

"It’s a quite wonderful program and I would recommend it to any student who is eligible to come. It’s definitely life changing. They say many times throughout the program - it’s A Week to Shape a Lifetime. I do feel there are so many things I gained from this program that will most definitely be useful. It changed the perspective I have on life and what options I have."   - Jason Hyde

"Personally I’m not very big on public speaking.  But when I got here everyone is really supportive and I didn’t even think about it – I just started running for offices. I know a lot of other people are like that too.  Learning isn’t even the right word – it’s a complete experience that you just gain so much from it like government, civics,  and how to interact with other people. It’s just amazing!"  - Randle Steinbeck


2015 Participation



In 2015, the following five gentlemen from several overseas sites were citizens at Missouri Boys State. Click on their photos to hear a brief video, in their own words, on their experience.

Samuel Chase John Dunleavy Tomoya Tisdale Benny Perez Patrick O'Toole

Samuel Chase
Zama High School
Japan

John Dunleavy
Seoul High School
Korea

Tomoya Tisdale
Guam High School
Guam

Benny Perez
Antilles High School
Puerto Rico

Patrick O'Toole
Lakenheath High School
United Kingdom

Mayor, Carnahan City

Attorney; Municipal Judge

County Comissioner, Gambrel County; KMBS TV Director

Attorney; Law Firm Business Owner

City Councilman, Boone City

 

Past Participation

 

2015   

Samuel Chase

Zama High School, Japan

 

 

John Dunleavy

Seoul High School, Korea

 

 

Tomoya Tisdale

Guam High School, Guam

 

 

Benny Perez

Antilles High School, Puerto Rico

 

 

Patrick O'Toole

Lakenheath High School, United Kingdom

2014   

Christopher Hyde

Seoul High School, Korea

2010  

Stephen Schaefer

DGF Rota High School, Rota, Spain

2008  

Luke Moragne

DGF Rota High School, Rota, Spain

2007  

Zachary Collins

DGF Rota High School, Rota, Spain

   

Ian Payne

DGF Rota High School, Rota, Spain

2006  

Aaron Ellison

Hanau High School, Germany

2005  

Christopher McGlamery

DGF Rota High School, Rota, Spain

   

Jonathan Hersack

Osan High School, Korea

2004  

Daniel Storm

DGF Rota High School, Rota, Spain

   

Grady Pennell

Kadena High School, Okinawa, Japan

2003  

Herald Oertwig

Osan High School, Korea

 
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