Missouri Boys State participant Austin Bolin reported on his experience at the California Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Aug. 9.
Sponsored by the chamber, the California High School senior showed about a dozen members a newspaper and cardboard hat, which his mock business made during the eight-day citizenship program, organized by the American Legion at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.
Bolin said each of the 1,000 rising seniors from Missouri's high schools were given $1,000 "Boys State bucks," which could be used to buy materials for campaigning, for building a mock business, or, for some, for gambling. The boys were able to construct their own laws and elect their own government.
Although Bolin's bid for senate didn't pan out, he was elected to the city council.
The chamber members were interested in his business' success. The newspaper hats and visors were popular, earning Bolin's business recognition as the week's top business among about 100 ventures.
In other business, the chamber: