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Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) addressed Boys State and swore in the elected Boys State office holders tonight in a ceremony in Hendricks Hall on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

Greeting the clerks of the Boys State General Assembly after being escorted into the hall.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D): ….Oftentimes the goals that we see and the things that we know we want to do we can’t reach in one step. But we know we can start in that direction and after a series of steps and commitment and being dedicated and being persistent that we can reach that goal. And so I hope as you wind down your time at Boys State you’ll do that with a renewed sense of purpose, some understanding about yourself, about your community, about you can be leaders in that community. And I hope each of you will go home and try to figure out how you can make a difference. To look around in your community, at things that you can help make better.

Martin Luther King said something many years ago that has stuck with me through my life and I hope you’ll remember this. He said, “Every one of us ought to believe in something. And believe in that thing so fervently that we’re ready to stand up for it ’til the end of our days.” Think about that. Think about what that is for you. What is it you believe in? What is it that you’re passionate about? What is it that you are ready to stand up for ’til the end of your days? I hope that you’ll spend some time in the next little while before you leave and through this summer finding out what that is. Because folks, our state and our nation is depending on you to do just that.

So, thank you very much. [applause]

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).