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Missouri Boys State Is Rewarding Experience for High School Students

Weston Stillings

WARRENSBURG – Weston Stillings and Joey Swofford, both seniors now at Ava High School, participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 17-24 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Both boys, sponsored by Troy Herd American Legion Post 112 of Douglas County, were selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics, and character during their junior year at Ava 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.
At Boys State Stillings was a citizen of Weyer City; member of the Federalist Party; and City Council, Ward III. Stillings attended Public Administration School while participating in Boys State.
Swofford was a citizen of Carver City; member of the Federalist Party; policeman, Ward III; delegate to County Committee, Ward III. Swofford attended Law Enforcement School while participating in Boys State.

Weston Stillings

Stillings is the son of Tim and Laura Stillings and













Joey Swofford

Swofford is the son of Joe and Rita Swofford, all of Ava.
Boys State 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 staff 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 juniors during the 2017-18 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their high school counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at The 2018 session will be held June 16-23. 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