Missouri Boys State Press Release
MARE SPONSORS STUDENTS TO ATTEND 74th SESSION OF MISSOURI BOYS STATE
(WARRENSBURG, MO) – Cole Anthony Brendel from Scott City High School and Joseph Daniel Burnash from Crane High School, both sponsored by the Missouri Association of Rural Education, were among 983 outstanding Missouri students to participate in the 74th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri program held June 15-22 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Missouri Boys State is designed to educate and train young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership, and government. The student leaders, “citizens”, combine their knowledge and skills to build an entire operational state government in a single week which includes electing city, county, and state officials. Boys State is a pure democracy in that all citizens may vote and are eligible to hold office. Participants fully engage in activities during the eight-day program as they gain an understanding of government, learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and enhance their leadership and citizenship skills.
Brendel and Burnash were nominated to attend this once in a lifetime experience by their high scools and selected based on their academics, character, leadership, and citizenship. The Missouri Association of Rural Education afforded Brendel and Burnash the opportunity to participate in A Week to Shape a Lifetime – Missouri Boys State.
Brendel (son of Deann Brendel) is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Future Business Leaders Association, Future Teachers of America, and Robotics Club and earned an Academic Letter. He participates in the A+ Program and Speech Theatre and serves as a Class Officer and Peer Helper. Brendel attended the National Youth Leadership Conference and earned the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He is alo active in his Church Youth Group. Brendel’s accomplishments, positions held, and awards earned at Missouri Boys State include: Citizen of Doniphan City; Member of the Nationalist Party; Election Judge - Municipal; Election Judge - State General; Jury Member; and Community Service Volunteer. Brendel attended Law Enforcement School while participating in Boys State.
Burnash (son of George and Margaret Burnash) is a member of the National Honor, Future Farmers of America, Yearbook Staff, Band, Art Club, Foreign Language - Spanish Club, and Golf Team. Further, he is in the Gifted Program, on the Honor Roll, earned an Academic Letter, serves as a Class Officer, and participates in the Youth in Government Program. Burnash attended the National Youth Leadership Conference and Missouri Scholars Academy. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is active in his Church Youth Group. Burnash’s accomplishments, positions held, and awards earned at Missouri Boys State include: Citizen of Clark City; Member of the Nationalist Party; Fireman, Ward III; Director - KMBS TV; and Technical Director - KMBS TV. Burnash attended Journalism School while participating in Boys State.
During Boys State and along with all participants, Brendel and Burnash were involved in a wide variety of educational and recreational activities and heard inspirational talks from and asked questions of both state and national leaders. Speakers for the 2013 session included: Journalist and Author Bob Woodward; Kansas City Mayor Sly James; Former Governor Bob Holden; Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel; Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander; Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich; and White House Fellow and Navy Seal Commander Eric Greitens.
The entire Boys State staff is comprised of educational, legal, professional, and civic leaders who volunteer their time each year. Missouri Boys State is a 501(c)(3) organization and is a Missouri American Legion program. Students have the opportunity to participate in this nationally recognized program due to sponsors, like MARE, that are critical to its continued success. Organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627.
Students who will be juniors during the 2013-14 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their High School counselor or visit the Missouri Boys State website at www.moboysstate.org. The 2014 session will be held June 14-21. Informational presentations by a Boys State staff member may be requested by contacting the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627 or email email@example.com.