Several local students attended Buckeye Girls State this summer.
Buckeye Girls State is a program which is sponsored annually by the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary. The purpose is to educate Ohio’s young women in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of citizenship; to provide an opportunity for them to live together as self-governing citizens; and to participate in the actual functioning of their government.
Nearly 900 girls attended this June at The University of Mount Union in Alliance.
As the girls arrived at Girls State, they were assigned to one of two political parties. The residence hall in which they live during the program is their designated county and the floor on which they live is their city. The students then filed petitions for candidacy for a variety of offices, from governor to city council, and participated in the election process. After elections and inaugurations, they put the government in action.
The girls attending this year from Wauseon High School were Paige Moden, Sophia Stockham, Amanda Baker, and Jenna Simon.