Concordia youths prepare for Boys State

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Three high school juniors from Concordia High School and three from Saint Paul Lutheran High School were selected by Concordia American Legion Post No. 258 to attend Boys State, June 16-23, at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg. Boys State is a program honoring selected students for leadership, achievements in scholarship, contributions of public service and organizational activities, and good moral values using the democratic system.
During the eight-day conference, participants will learn the fundamentals of government. The program started in 1938 and is sponsored by the American Legion Department of Missouri. Local sponsors for the six boys attending are CFM Insurance Inc., Concordia Lions Club, Concordia Bank, State Bank of Missouri, Physical Therapy of Concordia, the Concordia Honor Guard and American Legion Post No. 258.

Tad Deatherage
Deatherage’s activities and honors include A+ program, Academic letter, band, College Bound program, foreign language Spanish, honor roll, National Honor Society, basketball, golf, FFA, Letterman’s Club, speech, theater, Big Time Basketball coach, and Math Relays. He also is employed in the community. He said he would like to attend Missouri Boys State because it seems like a great opportunity to interact with new people and get a sense of what it feels like to run a government. He believes it is a huge honor and greatly appreciates the opportunity to attend. He learned about Boys State when he received a letter about attending, and from friends who told him they had all learned a lot from the program. Deatherage is a Concordia High School junior, and is the son of Nancy and William Deatherage.

Matthew Gatewood
Gatewood’s activities and honors include A+ program, academic letter, band, honor roll, National Honor Society, All-Conference/All-District baseball, All-conference/All-District basketball, Scholar Athlete, youth sports official, Future Business Leaders of America, Letterman’s Club, Quiz Bowl, church youth group, Concordia Music Master, I-70 All-Conference Band, Academic Athletic All-State baseball, and church usher and greeter. Gatewood says there are many reasons he would like to participate in Boys State. He has heard others relate how they had a great experience at the event. He believes the program has been known to teach life lessons, provide a unique opportunity to learn about and experience a working government firsthand, and encourage people to interact socially. He said he feels the program would be very beneficial to his personal growth and his future. He learned about Boys State throughout high school, he said. Many of his friends have experienced Boys State and told him about their experiences. He is a student at Concordia High School, and the son of Alan and Ramona Gatewood.

Christopher Marsh
Marsh’s activities and honors include: Academic letter, choir, honor roll, National Honor Society, golf, soccer, Academic Bowl, Quiz Bowl, speech, theater, and church youth group. He is also employed in the community. Marsh stated that many people who attend SPLHS have gone to Boys State before him. He said they have made it out to be an educational experience, an intermural experience, as well as an opportunity to create excellent connections and friendships. He learned about the program from one of his coworkers who took the time to really explain what goes on at Boys State. Marsh is a junior at Saint Paul Lutheran High School and is the son of Jerrode Marsh.

Andrew Self
Self’s activities and honors include choir, class officer, student body, foreign language Spanish, honor roll, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, 4-H Club, and church youth group. He also is employed in the community. He is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about leadership and feels Boys State would be a great way to help him in the future, especially when applying to a college. He also believes it will give him the skills to use when working at a job. He learned about Boys State from his brother, who attended a few years ago. He is an SPLHS junior, and the son of Mary Beth and John Self.

Wyatt Todd>
Todd’s activities and honors include high school ports manager and soccer. He said he feels that Boys State is a great opportunity to grow as an individual, and learn something new. He also feels it is a good opportunity to meet new people from around the entire state while being placed in a program he believes will change his life. Todd hopes to establish relationships with other individuals that will last a lifetime and could possibly help him later on in his life. He learned about Boys State from a couple of his friends at school whom had attended the program. He later received a letter of invitation from which he learned even more about Boys State. Todd is an SPLHS student and is the son of Landen and April Todd.

Turner Yount
Yount’s activities and honors include A+ program, Academic letter, band, class officer/student body, foreign language Spanish, honor roll, Student Council, basketball, football, youth sports official, Academic Bowl, Business Contest, FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, Letterman’s Club, Quiz Bowl, yearbook staff, church youth group, usher at Bethel United Church of Christ, Bethel UCC life committee, and Bethel UCC cemetery committee for updating cemetery records. He also is employed in the community. Yount believes Boys State would be a great opportunity to learn more about how our government works alongside others his age. He noted that some of his friends and his mother always talk about how many great friends they have since attending either Boys State or Girls State. He learned about Boys State from friends who have attended in the past, and from his mother who attended Girls State when she was in high school. He is a Concordia High School junior and is the son of Shelly and Troy Yount.

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