MILAN For Buckeye Boys State Berlin Heights and Milan American Legion will be sponsoring Ben Busdicker, Bryan Haynes, and Noah Hill.
For Buckeye Girls State the following will be sponsored through the Berlin Heights and Milan American Legion Ladies Auxiliary: Sarah Schippel, McKenzie Spriggs and Katie Wallrabenstein.
Buckeye Boys State is a "hands on" workshop in the principles and organization of Ohio government. Young men attending Boys State learn about Ohio government by operating the agencies and levels of a mythical state government; the "51st State" themselves.
Buckeye Boys State is the largest Boys State program in the nation with an annual attendance of nearly 1,300 of the top juniors in Ohio.
Eight-five to 90 percent of all high schools in Ohio currently send representatives to Buckeye Boys State.
The 2007 session of American Legion Buckeye Boys State will be held June 9 to 17, on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
Through Buckeye Boys State, young men will gain more knowledge about Ohio government than 75 percent of the general population of the state. This knowledge should benefit them in Problems of Democracy and Political Science classes their senior year.
Girls State is a similar program held at Ashland University June 10 to 18.
Boys State participants:
Ben Busdicker, son of Bill and Heidi Busdicker of Huron. Activities and honors include: speech and debate second vice president, Mock Trial, student council vice president, marching band, and National Honor Society vice president.
Noah Hill, son of Mary Jane and Frank Hill of Collins. Activities and honors include: student council, Youth Advisory Council, Spanish Club, youth basketball coach, and merit roll all quarters. Sports involved in: football First Team All Ohio Defensive Back and Second Team SBC tight end, basketball honorable mention Northwest District, and track. Noah enjoys reading, sailing, hanging out with his brothers, sister and friends.
Girls State participants:
Sarah L. Schippel, daughter of Duane and Susan Schippel of Milan. Activities and honors include: Spanish Club, and peer tutoring during study hall. Sports involved in: soccer. "My parents are very supportive of me. I am a very determined young adult," she said.
McKenzie Spriggs, daughter of Steven and Nicole Spriggs of Milan. Activities and honors include: Key Club, French Club secretary, Mock Trial, SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club, enlightenment, and Varsity E Club, National Honor Society, National French Society, band, choir, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof.
Katie Wallrabenstein, daughter of Shirley and John Wallrabenstein of Milan. Activities and honors include: Speech and debate, National Honor Society, math club president, art club herold, Mock Trial lawyer, student council, French Club, Key Club, Academic Challenge, honor roll every quarter, Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) ambassador for Edison, and eighth grade student of the month. Sports involved in: "Girls varsity soccer team, riding horses for 12 years and showing them in numerous states, and my horse and I received many awards and excel in versatility. I go to State and Erie County Fair. I'm the president of the Wranglers & Ropers 4-H Club. Our Academic Challenge Team placed second this year, and I enjoyed being on the team with my parents as advisors. It's fun to have them in class too," she said.