A Week to Shape a Lifetime
Their goal is to form a functioning government. Centralia senior Nathan Mahieu is campaigning to be mayor.
"By the end of the week, I'm expecting to exceed my expectations," he boasted.
At the end of the week, Boys State citizens will have a governor, supreme court and highway patrol as part of the experience where high schoolers gain life skills through hands-on learning.
State officials and current professionals come back to the program to teach life lessons. As a part of Missouri's 67th Boys State program, it's not about where the young men are from, it's where they are going.
Graduates of the program include former Gov. Bob Holden and national radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.