NEW BREMEN — Five seniors-to-be from New Bremen High School will be among the nearly 900 girls participating in the 70th annual session of Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
The session begins Sunday, June 12, 2016 and concludes on Saturday, June 28, 2016.
It is a fast paced program of mock government at the state, county and city levels. The main objective the Girls State program is to train young women, who have completed their junior year in senior high school, in the duties, rights and privileges of citizenship by providing the attendee the opportunity to actively participate in a democratic form of government.
Local delegates to Girls State are Logan Wells, Taylor Powers, Jordan Sailer, Kennedy Hoying and Kelli Maurer. New Bremen American Legion Auxiliary Unit 241 are sponsoring the girls. Assisting at Buckeye Girls State will be Auxiliary Unit 241 member: Shirley Maurer, where she has served in the capacity of City Counselor for the past five years and will assist in the Government Office this year as the Government Secretary.
As the girls arrive at Girls State they are 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 will file petitions for candidacy for a variety of offices from governor to city council and participate in the election process. After elections and inaugurations, they will put government in action.
Any girl that attends Buckeye Girls State comes away with a better knowledge of government and has made friends for a lifetime.