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Today is the first day of the week-long American Legion Boys State of Missouri program on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Approximately 1000 boys from across Missouri will participate this week. This is the fifth year we’ve been able to cover the session.

It takes a significant number of volunteers to register the approximately 1000 Boys State citizens.

Why do we cover this? It’s about government and politics. Plus, Missouri Boys State always has an impressive list of speakers, including statewide office holders.

The keynote speakers this week:

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL CHRIS KOSTER

Saturday, June 16, 2012 (6:45-7:30 PM)

Prior to the Opening Night Ceremonies of the 73rd session of Missouri Boys State current Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will deliver the keynote address at a special assembly in Hendricks Hall. Following his prepared remarks, Attorney General Koster will hold a question and answer session.

MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON

Sunday, June 17, 2012 (6:45-7:30 PM)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly on Sunday evening in Hendricks Hall. Govenor Nixon has been an outstanding supporter of the Boys State program throughout his years as Missouri’s Attorney General and Governor. We are very pleased to have him back to Boys State. The Governor will hold a question and answer session following his prepared remarks.

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES

Sunday, June 17, 2012 (7:30-8:30 PM)

Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly on Sunday evening in Hendricks Hall. This is Mayor James’ first visit to the Boys State program and he will provide a candid and entertaining discussion of the issues facing elected officials at the city level. We are very pleased to have him as part of the program. The Mayor will hold a question and answer session following his prepared remarks.

MEDIA PERSONALITY AND POLITICAL ICON JAMES CARVILLE

Monday, June 18, 2012 (7:15-8:45 PM)

James Carville will accept the 24th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair on Monday night at Hendricks Hall. One of the most recognizable figures in politics, James Carville is an insider who analyzes the Obama Administration, Congress, the 2012 elections and the global political landscape with his signature energy and humor. Following his prepared remarks Mr. Carville will hold a question and answer session.

MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ROBIN CARNAHAN

Thursday, June 20, 2012 (7:15-9:15 PM)

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will deliver the keynote address at the special assembly on Monday evening. Secretary of State Carnahan has been a long time supporter of the Missouri Boys and Girls State programs. Robin Carnahan was sworn in as Missouri’s 38th Secretary of State in January 2005. Carnahan’s family has a proud history of devotion to public service. Her father, Mel Carnahan, served as Missouri’s Governor, and her mother, Jean Carnahan, was the first woman to serve Missouri in the U.S. Senate. Her grandfather, A.S.J. Carnahan, a congressman from south-central Missouri for 14 years, was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to be U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone.

WHITE HOUSE FELLOW AND NAVY SEAL COMMANDER ERIC GREITENS

Friday, June 22, 2012 (7:00-8:30 PM)

White House Fellow, Navy Seal Commander and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens will speak to MBS participants on Friday at Hendricks Hall. One of the most accomplished Boys Staters in recent memory, Greitens will share his extraordinary career with Boys Staters in a special assembly. Greitens returned from his last tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. As an award-winning humanitarian leader, Eric has traveled to many war and crisis torn countries to reveal not only the hardship of the people, but also their strength and compassion. Following his prepared remarks he will hold a question and answer session.

Gary Grigsby, a member of the American Legion and a long time Boys State volunteer.