Kerksiek and Toliver were selected based on their leadership, citizenship, academics and character during their junior year at Marshall 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.
Kerksiek's accomplishments, positions held and awards earned at Missouri Boys State include: Citizen of Weyer City, Member of the Federalist Party, Anchor -- KMBS-TV, Municipal Court Bailiff, Graphics Operator -- KMBS-TV and was on the ballot for City Council. Kerksiek attended the Journalism School while participating in Boys State.
Kersiek is the son of Laura Anderson, and was sponsored by American Legion Post 191 of Marshall. Toliver is the son of Rick and Valerie Toliver, and was sponsored by the the Optimist Club of Marshall. 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 877-342-5627.
The entire 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 will be juniors during the 2012-13 academic year and are interested in attending should contact their High School Counselor or visit the Missouri Boys State website at www.moboysstate.org. The 2013 session will be held June 15-22. In-school informational presentations by a Boys State staff member are available by contacting the Missouri Boys State Headquarters or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.