John Garagnani, Joshua Lee Harmon, Elijah James Mangone, Garrett Marshall Mason, Tyler John Neftzger and Jacob Tyler Vance of Camdenton High School and Zane Taylor Whitworth of Macks Creek High School participated in the The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 16-23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

These students were selected to attend based on leadership, citizenship, academics and character during their junior year. The Camdenton students were sponsored by American Legion Post 624 in Sunrise Beach. The Macks Creek student was sponsored by Branch Homemakers Club, Camdenton Kiwanis, M1 Bank and OakStar Bank.

Boys State is a pure democracy in that all citizens may vote and are eligible to hold office. The program is designed to educate and train Missouri’s young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership, and government. Nearly 1,000 student leaders build an entire state government in a single week.

The 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 who are juniors during the 2018-19 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their High School Counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at www.moboysstate.org . The 2019 session will be held June 15-22.

About each student

John Garagnani, son of Mike and Molly Garagnani

Accomplishments:

Citizen of Crowder City; Member of the Nationalist Party; House of Representatives; County Committee Chairman; Delegate to County Committee, Ward III; Citizen of the Model County; City Athletic Competition – 3rd Place. Garagnani attended Legislative and Executive Policy School while participating in Boys State.

Joshua Lee Harmon, son of Dennis and Sherri Harmon

Accomplishments:

Citizen of Richardson City; Member of the Nationalist Party; County Committee Chairman; Delegate to County Committee, Ward I and appeared on the ballot for City Council; Governor. Harmon attended Campaigning and Political Operations School while participating in Boys State.

Elijah James Mangon, son of Desiree Milburn

Accomplishments:

Citizen of Ingle City; Member of the Nationalist Party; Fireman, Ward III; Delegate to County Committee, Ward III and appeared on the ballot for House of Representatives. Mangone attended Law Enforcement School while participating in Boys State.

Garrett Marshall Mason, son of Ron and Susan Mason

Accomplishments: Citizen of Gambrel City; Member of the Nationalist Party; Mayor; City Party Chairman; Ward Committeeman, Ward III; Business Owner and appeared on the ballot for County Commissioner. Mason attended Public Administration School while participating in Boys State.

Tyler John Neftzger, son of Kevin and Dina Neftzger

Accomplishments: Citizen of Clark City; Member of the Nationalist Party; House of Representatives; Delegate to County Committee, Ward I; Lobbyist. Neftzger attended Legislative and Executive Policy School while participating in Boys State.

Jacob Tyler Vance, son of Bryan and Linnea Vance

Accomplishments: Citizen of Pershing City; Member of the Nationalist Party; City Clerk; Delegate to County Committee, Ward I. Vance attended Public Administration School while participating in Boys State.

Zane Taylor Whitworth, son of Jessica and Derak Whitworth

Accomplishments: Citizen of Boone City; member of the Federalist Party; City Council, Ward III; Citizen of the Model County. Whit worth attended Public Administration School while participating in Boys State.