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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 06/09/2006 - Nearly 1,000 young Missourians will attend the 67th annual session of The American Legion Missouri Boys State June 17-24 at UCM. Keynote speakers for the week include current and former government officials and a Missouri Boys State alumnus.
Hulshof, Nixon Open Session
Following the opening ceremony Saturday, June 17, U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof of Missouri’s 9th District will address the Boys State citizens at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall, and Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 18, also in Hendricks Hall.
Ashcroft Delivers Lehr Keynote Address
Former U. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will accept the 18th annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair and deliver a keynote address 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in Hendricks Hall. The former U.S. Senator, Missouri governor and state attorney will provide insight into American politics and reflect on his roles in state and federal government. A question and answer session will follow.
The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair was established in 1988 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Boys State program. The Lehr Chair honors the late Missouri State Auditor George W. Lehr, a Boys State participant and a tireless supporter of the program.
Carnahan Certifies Election
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will certify the results of the Boys State election during a special assembly at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the UCM Multipurpose Building, followed by a group photo session.
Gov. Matt Blunt Addresses Joint Session
Following the certification of elections, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, a Missouri Boys State alumnus, will deliver a keynote address at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Hendricks Hall.
Officers Sworn In
U.S. District Court of Appeals Judge Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, will swear in the 2006 Missouri Boys State officers 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Hendricks Hall.
Cmdr. Eric Greitens Discusses Career
Wrapping up the week of events will be Cmdr. Eric Greitens, U.S. Navy. An alumnus of Missouri Boys State, Greitens was a speaker during the 2005 session, and he returns to the 2006 session to discuss his successes as a Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar. He also will share his experiences as a White House fellow serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.