The Americanism and Government Test program of the Ohio American Legion is cosponsored by the Legionnaires and the Legion Auxiliary. The test will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Swanton American Legion Hall. Students that are interested are to sign up at the Swanton High School office. On the day of the test, a bus will transport the students to the post for testing and, upon completion, be returned to school.
The American Legion has been testing youth in the state for 53 years on knowledge of U.S. citizenship, the U.S. Constitution, flag etiquette and government at the federal, state, county and city level.
The test is offered to students in grades 10 through 12. The A & G Scholarship test is comprised of 50 multiple choice / true or false questions, followed by a 300-word or fewer essay question. Students are allowed one hour to take the test.
As an example, last year’s essay question was, “Imagine you are a member of a city council that is considering a curfew that will prohibit minors from being out between midnight and 5 a.m. List the pros and cons and explain why you think so.”
The Swanton Legion Commander and Post President will grade the tests and announce a female and male student in each grade level to advance to the District of Ohio level. There they will be judged to continue to the state level where 18 winners will be announced.
The state award winners from Ohio will receive a five day, all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pa. and Washington, D.C. The highlight of the trip is a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.
The objective of the American Legion through the A & G Scholarship test program is by taking the test a young person is inspired to learn more about government, the United States and to appreciate the freedoms enjoyed by the nation’s citizens.