Dublin will have two more representatives than usual at Buckeye Boys and Girls State this year as eight juniors attend the summer camp that gives hands-on experience in government.
The Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids Post 800 Dublin American Legion usually sends two students from each Dublin high school to the annual summer event, but this year five boys and three girls have been chosen.
Dublin's American Legion has been sending one boy and one girl from each high school to Buckeye Boys and Girls State for several years, said Commander Jeff Noble.
This year they got funding from additional sources. Jerome High School paid for an additional student and a local realtor who attended Buckeye Boys State financed another trip.
Noble said he ran into Rick Benjamin at the recreation center and after a discussion about the benefits of Buckeye Boys State, Noble asked him to help with interviewing students.
"Three boys came in (at Coffman High School) and they were all good candidates," Noble said.
"Rick said 'We can't pick one not to go.' He said 'I'll write you a check for $300 and we can send all three of them.'"
Noble works with a social studies teacher at each high school to recruit students.
"It's all about the constitution and learning government from the inside," Noble said of the program.
"These kids have to run for office and attain governor, senator, congress, judges (or) mayors (seats) and they go out and politic and try to get people to vote for them."
Dublin has yet to produce a governor to lead Buckeye Boys or Girls State, but Noble said he has faith it will happen.
"It's a good program," he said.
Noble has heard from several attendees about how the program has opened doors for them.
Other graduates said they see the names of people they attended the program with in the newspaper.
Strong candidates are interviewed in Dublin each year, Noble said.
"We look for several things: academic potential, almost every one of them is into honors classes," he said.
"We look at their ability to sell themselves, and how confident they are, if they can go into an environment and present themselves well," Noble said.
"We look at the future and what they want to do with their lives."
Students chosen to attend Buckeye Boys and Girls State this summer range in interest and activities, but all show a proclivity for leadership and community service.
Coffman junior Patrick Smith recently earned his Eagle Scout designation and fellow student Rohit Joshi sits on the Principal's Advisory Council.
Jerome junior Julia Shin professed a love of debating and Scioto junior Jacob Schafer has participated in football, basketball and baseball.
Other students chosen to attend Buckeye Boys and Girls State this summer are George Andrei, Coffman; Alexandra Wolfe, Scioto; and Jerome students Noah Black and Jisoo Hong.
In addition to representing Dublin at Buckeye Boys and Girls State, the chosen students were also invited to read essays at the upcoming Memorial Day ceremony led by the legion post.