Three local high school boys participated in the American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 15-23 on the University of Central Missouri campus in Warrensburg.

Corder Lehenbauer, a Palmyra R-I student and, Brennan Nick and Colby Schulz of Marion County R-II school were selected to attend based on their leadership, citizenship, academics and character during their junior years in high school.

All three were sponsored by Boots-Dickson American Legion Post 174, which afforded the students to participate in the nationally recognized program

Lehenbauer, the son of Elizabeth Lehenbauer and Chad Lehenbauer, was a citizen of Carnahan City and held the positions of city attorney and delegate to the state convention, Ward III and also attended law school while attending Boys State.

Nick, the son of Bill and Jennifer Nick, was a citizen of Kohn City, held the position of deputy city clerk and attended commerce school.

Schulz, is the son of Troy Schultz and Rachel Bemis.

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 goverment.

Nearly 1,000 student leaders build an entire state government in a single week.

The Boys State staff is comprised of educational, legal, professional and civic leaders who volunteer their time each year. Boys State is a 501(C)(3) organization and is a Missouri American Legion Program.

Students who are juniors during the 2019-2020 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their high school counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at

More information on the 2020 session is available by contacting Bettie Rusher at the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 660-429-2761 or email

Organizations, businesses and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 660-429-2761.