Braden Zaner, senior at Ray-Pec High School, participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 15 to 23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. During his week, he was a citizen of Ingle City and held the positions of House of Representatives, anchor at KMBS-TV, and news director at KMBS-TV. He also attended Journalism and Media School while participating in Boys State.
Braden was selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics, and character during his junior year at RPHS. His participation was sponsored by the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.
Braden is the son of Robert and Tara Zaner, both teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School.
At Boys State, all citizens may vote and are 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.