City of Excellence
This distinguished honor is bestowed upon the city within Boys State that has not only excelled in sports and government practicum, but also has showed great leadership skills and taken the initiative to make Boys’ State a better experience for all that they encounter.
Points will be collected throughout the week in the areas of Athletics, Test Scores, Government Practicum, Citizenship and Teamwork.
The City of Excellence will receive a Campaign Ribbon denoting its status to be displayed upon the City Guidon.
The city that wins an academic or athletic championship will be announce during the Boys State awards ceremony and the city’s team members will receive certificates.
Citizen of the Day
Awarded each day to a citizen of each city who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship, good character, and a spirit of cooperation and helpfulness as well as demonstrating qualities of leadership and patriotism.
H.V. Thornton Award
Awarded to the outstanding citizen of each city. The award is given in honor of Dr. Thornton, who taught government at OU for many years and was principally responsible for the creation of the Boys State program. He also wrote the original text upon which the current Boys State text is based.
Chauncey Whitcraft Award
Awarded to the outstanding academic achiever in each city at Boys State in honor of long time Director of Elections, Chauncey Witcraft.
Boys Nation Award
Awarded to the two most outstanding delegates nominated by the counselor staff and selected by the Americanism Commission. Boys Nation delegates attend a national conference held during July in Washington, D.C.
Joe Buzidragis Scholarship
A $500 scholarship given to one of the Boys Nation delegates in honor of long time Boys State Director Joseph F. Buzidragis.
Leroy Crozier Scholarship
A $500 scholarship given to one of the Boys Nation delegates in honor of long time Education Director Leroy Crozier.
A $1000 scholarship awarded to the applicant whose completed application packet scores the highest points. Presented by the American Legion on behalf of the Samsung Corporation as a token of their appreciation for American Servicemen during the Korean War. The recipient’s packet is sent to the National Headquarters of the America Legion to compete for the top award of $20,000 in scholarships.
The Silver Star of Oklahoma
The medallion given to Boys State delegates who are recognized as H.V. Thornton Awardees, Boys Nation delegates, or Samsung Scholarship Winners.
C.J. Wright Award
Presented to the outstanding Junior Counselor of the session in honor of former Department Adjutant C.J. Wright.
John Ruth Award
Presented to the outstanding Counselor of the session in honor of former Chief of Counselors John Ruth.
Marvin Anderson Award
Presented to the outstanding Senior Counselor of the session in honor of the model Sr. Counselor Marvin J. Anderson.
Ray Fleming Award
Presented to the outstanding Instructional Staff Member of the session in honor of the former Boys State Educational Director Raymond Fleming.
George Nigh Award
Presented to the outstanding Lecturer of the session in honor of long-time Friend of Boys State and Former Governor of Oklahoma, George Nigh.
Glen Reeder Award
Presented to the outstanding Administrative Staff Member of the session in honor of former Boys State Formations Officer and a man for whom no job was too small or too great, Glen Reeder.
Josh Drake “Follow Me” Award
The highest award bestowed on an Oklahoma American Legion Boys State Staff member, the Josh Drake “Follow Me” Award is presented for exceptionally distinguished service to Oklahoma Boys State in a duty of great responsibility. The award is given in honor of the late Professor of Patriotism Emeritus Josh Drake.
The Gold Star of Oklahoma
The medallion given to Boys State Staff members who are recognized as Outstanding Counselors, Instructors or Staffs of the Year; or select individuals who have performed exceptional service for Oklahoma Boys State, as noted by the Director.
Friend of Boys State Award
Presented as the Director commands to those individuals and organizations whose contributions to Oklahoma American Legion Boys State merit special recognition.