SIDNEY — Four Sidney High School students know their facts when it comes to American history.
Sidney American Legion Post 217 Commander Eric Lunsford announced that Sidney High School students — senior Heidi Parker, daughter of Holly Parker and Michael Douglas; junior Logan Johnson, son of Tammi and Brian Johnson; junior Erin Ivey daughter of Jennifer and Teddy Ivey Sr.; and sophomore Gabrielle Rice, daughter of Melissa and Michael Rice — won the Ohio American Legion Americanism and Government Testing Program. These students will be awarded an all expense paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., for their accomplishments.
Americanism Chairman Chuck Craynon said this is the 35th state level winner the Post has sponsored since the program began and 29 of those winners were from Sidney High School.
The test was administered in November throughout Ohio to approximately 57,000 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students. It comprised 50 questions covering federal, state and local government, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Flag code. There was also and essay question asking the students what they thought could be done about the heroin epidemic in Ohio.
The students competed and won at the Post, County and District levels in their respective grades. Eighteen winners were selected at the State level. These winners will tour the Gettysburg battlefield, present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, and plans are to visit the following: State Department, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,the Smithsonian Museum, the Washington Cathedral, the Marine Corps Musuem and HMX-1(the Marine helicopter squadron responsible for transporting the president. They may also visit other places as time and weather permits.
Craynon and Lunsford expressed their appreciation to all the schools for participating in this program and congratulated the Sidney High School staff and students for this record-breaking achievement.