The delegates for Buckeye Boys State have been selected by the American Legion Post #479 to learn about government among other Ohio upcoming seniors.
Representing Swanton High School at the 84th annual session of Buckeye Boys State are Austen Hayden and Xavier Wiemken. Buckeye Boys’ State will take place from June 9-16 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Buckeye Boys State (BBS) is a week-long program where about 1,200 upcoming seniors from high schools in Ohio will attend and learn about civic duty and the role of government. The mock-government process includes campaigning and elections, followed by government simulation participation.
Austen Hayden said that the idea of applying to BBS was brought forth to him by his school guidance counselor. “I looked into it and thought it would be a fun and good experience to have,” Hayden said.
Hayden plans to try and run for attorney general, one of the highest state positions of BBS. While at SHS Hayden has participated in football and baseball. Hayden believes that the higher level history classes he has taken at SHS, such as AP Government, will help him reach success at BBS.
Xavier Wiemken said that he applied to BBS because he wants to see the actual process of the government and wants to take part in the process. “I hope to learn how the inner functions of the government take place and all the different levels everything has to go through,” Wiemken said.
Wiemken is not sure what office he wants to run for yet but definitely plans on running for a position. He believes that his experiences as a group leader in the past will help him through BBS. While at SHS Wiemken has participated in football, wrestling, National Honors Society, Business Professionals of America and baseball and student council during his freshman year.