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Several area youths take part in Boys State

Monday, June 27, 2011

SIKESTON - With some Americans concerned about the country's future, they can rest a little bit easier now that the next generation is training to solve tomorrow's problems.

From June 11 to June 18, over 900 Missouri youth attended the 72nd session of Missouri Boys State, a leadership program sponsored by the American Legion in Warrensburg. During their time at Boys State, citizens built a state government from the ground up, from electing a municipal judge all the way up to the state governor.

Several Southeast Missouri schools were represented. Sikeston High School sent several students, along with New Madrid County Central and East Prairie High Schools also sending representatives.

Lewis "Trey" Recker III of New Madrid said his favorite part of participating in Boys State was the judicial system. He said he liked it because he "got to experience what it's like for lawyers, judges, etc."

Blake Angle of Sikeston said that his favorite part of Boys State was during the final night, when each city came together and shared life stories. "It's like a lifetime family, a brotherhood," he said.

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