Nine Washington High School students were recognized last week by the Washington School Board for attending Missouri Boys and Girls State over the summer.

The recognition took place during the Sept. 27 board meeting.

Missouri Boys State was held in June at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Missouri Girls State also took place in June at the University of Central Missouri.

Both Missouri Boys and Girls State provide a weeklong hands-on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. It draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Representing WHS at Boys State were Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Girls State participants were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson, Emmy Hopkins and Lulu Lynch.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys and Girls State comes from the elected officials. Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

At Boys State, Suggs was elected governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs will return next year to help start the event for the new group. He is believed to be the first student from WHS and Franklin County to be elected governor in Boys State 78-year history.

At Girls State, Olivia Robinson served as the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper produced at the event.

At the school board meeting, each student spoke about their experience and was given a certificate of recognition from school officials.