Formal Review: A Tradition of Excellence and Achievement

Please join us for the Formal Review, a prestigious event that marks a significant milestone in our program. The ceremony will commence promptly at 6:30 PM on Saturday, at the main parade field. Parents/guardians/guests are requested to arrive no later than 6:00 PM for pre-ceremony preparations. This will be a moment to reflect on our achievements and celebrate the traditions that bind us. We look forward to honoring the dedication and hard work of all involved in the presence of our esteemed guests and leaders.

Swearing-In of Tomorrow’s Leaders: The Inaugural Ceremony with Judge Michael Aloi

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of the newly elected government officials of Boys State, to be installed by the Honorable Judge Michael John Aloi. This momentous ceremony marks the beginning of a new chapter in leadership and civic responsibility. Judge Aloi, with his esteemed legal background and dedication to justice, will preside over the installation, symbolizing the commitment to law and order that defines our democratic process. We invite you to witness the embodiment of our values and the promise of our future as these young leaders take their oaths and step into their roles to serve and lead with integrity.

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Jerry West: The Mountaineer Boys State Alum Who Became Mr. Clutch

As we remember Jerry West, we celebrate not just a basketball icon, but a Mountaineer who exemplified the spirit of Boys State—leadership, community, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Rest in peace, Jerry West, the “Men of Tomorrow” will continue to be inspired by your story.

Mac Warner: Champion of Election Integrity and Visionary Leader

Andrew McCoy “Mac” Warner, serving as West Virginia’s Secretary of State since 2017, is a West Point graduate and a veteran of the U.S. Army JAG Corps. With a law degree from West Virginia University and an LL.M. in International Law, Warner has dedicated his career to upholding democratic principles and election integrity. His tenure has been marked by efforts to enhance election cybersecurity, reflecting his commitment to secure and fair electoral processes. A family man with deep West Virginian roots, Warner is also known for his advocacy for conservative values.

Honoring Service and Sacrifice: The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State Flag Retirement and Memorial Tribute

his evening is a solemn and significant occasion as we gather together, both in spirit and through this live stream, to honor tradition, memory, and service. Today, we are conducting a flag retirement ceremony, a respectful farewell to the symbols of our nation that have proudly flown over our heads. This ceremony is not just about the fabric and colors; it’s about the ideals, the sacrifices, and the unwavering spirit they represent. We also take a moment to remember the cherished members of the Boys State Family who are no longer with us. In the “Post Everlasting,” we honor their contributions, their mentorship, and the legacy they have left behind. Their memories continue to guide us and inspire future generations.

Leading by Example: Mark McMillion’s Impactful Journey

After retiring as a lieutenant colonel, Mark founded McMillion Leadership Associates, a company dedicated to delivering practical leadership training. But here’s the intriguing part: Mark returned to the program where it all began—West Virginia’s Premier Leadership Academy. As a West Point graduate, he had received unparalleled training in leadership, and now he was sharing those insights with the citizens of the program. His passion for developing effective leaders led him back to the very place where he honed his own skills. Mark’s mantra? “50% of great leadership is knowing when to get out of the way.” And he’s living proof that leadership isn’t just about giving orders—it’s about building trust, loyalty, and respect. So, whether in combat zones or classrooms, Mark McMillion continues to shape leaders who make a difference

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State Party Conventions

Welcome to the live stream of the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State Party Conventions! Today, we stand at the precipice of democracy in action as the Nationalists and Federalists unveil their platforms and introduce their candidates. This is a pivotal moment where the principles of good government come to life through active participation. As our future leaders articulate their visions for progress, we invite you to engage, deliberate, and decide. The general election this afternoon is not just a culmination of this process but a testament to the power of informed citizenship. Join us in this celebration of democracy and witness the shaping of tomorrow’s leaders.

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Announcing the 2024 ALMBS Banking Staff

Meet the 2024 ALMBS Banking Staff, who will lead our mock bank and provide citizens with invaluable hands-on experience in the financial industry. At ALMBS, participants can explore 10 different career paths, each playing an integral part in running a successful mock state.

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Mark Shreve: A Beacon of Selfless Service

Mark Shreve, an esteemed Vice Commander of The American Legion, is a paragon of selfless service and leadership. Hailing from the scenic Smoke Hole, West Virginia, Mark’s journey is one of dedication and commitment to the values that define our nation’s veterans.