Dublin Villager

Legion sends 7 students to Buckeye Boys and Girls State

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Thanks to the local American Legion Post, seven Dublin students will attend Buckeye Boys and Girls State this summer.

The Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800 has chosen four boys and three girls to attend the annual statewide event that schools students about government.

Buckeye Boys State delegates chosen are Coffman High School students Jacob Harris and John David Hatgas, Jerome High School student John Wagner and Scioto High School student Mahesh Dhulipala.

Buckeye Girls State delegates are Coffman High School student Maureen Schweninger and Jerome High School students Sarah Han and Flora Hong.

Coffman High School student Lauren Scheetz is the Buckeye Girls State alternate.

All students are juniors.

Post Commander Jeff Noble said the group has been sending students to Buckeye Boys and Girls State since the post was established about 10 years ago.

"I think all of us believe that getting youth attention is important in making them understand what we were and what we did and try to make them believe that's what they should do: serve their country," Noble said.

Buckeye Boys State is slated for June 8-15 at Bowling Green State University.

Buckeye Girls State will be held June 15-21 at Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio.

During the events, students are elected to various offices and learn about legislative sessions, court proceedings and law enforcement.

"It's a really good program of training for kids to prepare them for a lot of different things in life," Noble said. "It's an asset on your resume."

Coffman High School junior Jacob Harris said he's hoping to learn about the ins and outs of government for his future.

"I found out about the program through my AP government teacher Mark Carlson," he said.

"He said this is a good thing to do that I would have a strong interest in," Harris said.

"I have a strong interest in my government and politics class."

Harris' father, Stu Harris, is a member of the Dublin City School District Board of Education and the junior said he may want to eventually follow in his father's footsteps.

"I'm trying to get a hands-on experience and get the feel of government and politics," Jacob Harris said.

"Maybe I'll hold a position at a local or state level some day. First, I want to look at this."

All students chosen by the local American Legion Post will speak at the May 26 Memorial Day ceremony.

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