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"I did not know what to expect when I walked in, but when I walked out, I ended up making many new friends. At first, I thought that "A Week to Shape a Lifetime" was just a catchy slogan, but it ended up being exactly what it said it was."

-- Colin Landers Darnell '12
Rolla, MO

Day to Day Activities - Sunday, June 18th

Bright and Early

Sunday began with breakfast and preparations for the municipal and General Assembly elections. After a crash course in campaigning, the citizens attended city party caucuses to select their party's candidates for their city. Afterwards, the city parties held a citywide political rally to prepare the citizens for the upcoming election.

Worship services followed lunch with several opportunities to experience various religious practices or engage in an ethics discussion. Afterwards, election results and appointed officials, such as Mayor and Municipal Court Clerk, were be announced. Tonight's speaker is the former Governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, an alumni of Missouri Boys State. During the assembly, the city Mayors will be sworn into office.

Find out city election results here.

Each citizen will choose their School of Instruction this afternoon. Their choice of Campaigning & Political Operations, Public Administration, Legislative, Law Enforcement, Law, and Journalism will influence their direction throughout the week.

Call to Action

The Sunday evening assembly solidified the municipal elections with the swearing in of the city mayors. After the swearing-in ceremony, the former Governor of Oregon and Missouri Boys State alumnus Ted Kulongoski challenged the citizens of Boys State to resolve the issues facing the future of Missouri, to rectify social incohesion, and to develop shared values of patriotism. Later, former Governor Kulongoski inspired the citizens to exercize power responsibly, generate mutual respect, and to discover other demographics in America.

During the question and answer session following his speech, he addressed several issues impeding political systems across America. He stressed that developing an understanding of the needs of constituents before committing to a decision is paramount to an effectively operating political system. After an eventful night, the citizens return to their cities in eager anticipation of Monday's activities.

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In addition to almost 1,000 Citizen attendees, Missouri Boys State brings over 150 volunteers that give over a week of their time to make this session possible.



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