A Monroe City High School senior represented his school during American Legion Boys State on the campus of University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

A Monroe City High School senior represented his school during American Legion Boys State on the campus of University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Verdier was the sole representative from his school and was selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics and character during his junior year. Boys State is a pure democracy where each citizen may vote and is 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, from Sunday, June 13 to Sunday, June 20.

Verdier's accomplishments, positions held and awards from the event included: Citizen of Doniphan City, Member of the Federalist Party, Sheriff and Assistant Athletic Director.

Verdier, son of Richard Verdier and Jane Verdier, was sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post — Monroe City. Sponsorship allows participants to participate in the nationally recognized program and ensures the program's continued success.

Verdier plays football and baseball and is a member of the National Honor Society at Monroe City High School. He is in the process of selecting a prosepective college and his career goal is to be an orthopedic surgeon, Richard Verdier said.

Leaders in the education, civic, professional and legal fields volunteer each year as Boys State staff members.

High school students who will be juniors during the 2015-2016 academic year, and are interested in attending Boys State, should contact their high school counselor or visit the Missouri Boys State website at www.moboysstate.org.

The 2016 session will be held Sunday, June 18 to Sunday, June 25. Informational presentations by a Boys State staff member are available to schools and organizations by contacting the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627 or by email at bettie.rusher@moboysstate.org.