Back from Boys State

Democrat photo / David A. Wilson
The California High School students who recently returned from a week at American Legion Boys are, from left, John Wolken, Tyler Small, Tristan Oppermann and Alex Davis.

Democrat photo / David A. Wilson The California High School students who recently returned from a week at American Legion Boys are, from left, John Wolken, Tyler Small, Tristan Oppermann and Alex Davis. Photo by David Wilson.

By DAVID A. WILSON

Democrat Staff

Four California High School students have returned from eight days at American Legion Boys State of Missouri. The four young men, who will enter their senior year in the fall, agreed they learned from the experience which was June 15 to 22 at University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.

John Wolken, who served as Lobbyist for the city of Blair, was sponsored by Spieler's Inc. Tyler Small, who served as Chief of Police for Weyer City, was sponsored by California Lions Club. Tristan Oppermann, who served as the Director of the Lottery, was sponsored by California Kiwanis Club. Alex Davis, who served as a radio anchor and the businessman of 2013, was sponsored by Mr. G's and Central Bank.

They indicated they have a broader understanding of government on city, county and state levels. About 1,000 participated in the event which is to teach "the duties, privileges, responsibiliies and rights of American citizenship." The students are identified and nominated by their high school and must complete an on-line application .

According to the students, former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden was in charge of the program. Holden attended the Boys State program in his youth.

While they expressed being tired upon returning, each was ready to return to their jobs. Small is employed at Smitty's Tiki Bay at the Lake; Oppermann is employed at Subway, Wolken at C&R Market and Davis as a baseball umpire.

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