Cassville students participate in Boys State

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Five Cassville students participated in Boys State this summer. Front row, from left: Andrew Berndt and Colton Moore and Zylin Jung. Back row: Vance Supulver and Andrew Littlefield. Contributed photo

Cassville High School Seniors Vance Supulver, Andrew Littlefield, Andrew Berndt, Colton Moore and Zylin Jung were five of the 915 students across the state of Missouri that were selected to participate in the 79th session of Missouri Boys State. 

Boys State was held June 16-23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. These students were selected based on their leadership, citizenship, academics and character during their junior year at Cassville 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.

Boys State participants spend eight days studying the operation and fundamentals of the government by "doing," not just learning. Using the U.S. democratic system as a basis, participants, or citizens, construct their own state, utilizing the core values that hold true in our everyday lives such as the need for competition, the value of public service, the strength of the individual voice and vote.

The Boys State staff is comprised of educational, legal, professional and civic leaders who volunteer their time. Missouri Boys State is a 501(c)3 organization and is a Missouri American Legion Program. Cassville students were sponsored by our local post, American Legion Post 118.

Berndt is the son of Kurt Berndt, of Cassville; Moore is the son of Donna and Kerry Moore, of Cassville; Jung is the son of Beverly Jung, of Cassville; Supulver is the son of Toni Sumners, of Cassville; and Littlefield is the son of John and Sheila Littlefield of Cassville.