Tyler Allen Robinson, the son of Dustin and Marie Smith, of Vandalia, participated in the American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 16-23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Robinson was selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics, and character during his junior year at Van-Far R-I High School. 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. Accomplishments, positions held, and awards earned by Robinson at Missouri Boys State include citizen of Blair City; member of the Federalist Party; Sheriff; policeman, Ward III; and Delegate to County Committee, Ward III. Robinson attended Law Enforcement School while participating in Boys State. Robinson was sponsored by the Vandalia Rotary Club. Sponsors afford the opportunity for students to participate in this nationally recognized program and 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.
The Boys State 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 junior during the 2018-19 academic year and are interested in participating would contact their High School counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at moboysstate.org. The 2019 session will be held June 15-22. Informational presentations by a Boys State staff member are available to schools and organizations by contacting Bettie Rusher at the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.