The delegates for Buckeye Girls State have been selected by the American Legion Auxiliary Post #479 to learn about government among other Ohio rising seniors.
Representing Swanton High School at the 73rd annual session of Buckeye Girls State are Ashlynn Waddell, Alexis Bergman and Olivia Bergman. Buckeye Girls State takes place this week at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
Buckeye Girls State is a week-long mock-government participation where delegates learn and participate in city, county and state government, and will also learn about citizenship, patriotism, and civic duty. The delegates from Swanton will be among 900 other upcoming senior girls from Ohio to take place in this program. The mock-government process includes campaigning and elections, followed by government simulation participation.
American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of the American Legion provided financial support.
Ashlynn Waddell said that she applied to Buckeye Girls State because she loves government and is fascinated with the inner workings of American Government.
“[My fascination] is what has inspired me to run for student council class president in seventh grade and remain running and in office ever since,” she said. “I hope to learn more about inner workings of the American government from Buckeye Girls State and about how to be a better leader throughout my community and student council.”
Waddell plans on running for city mayor because it is an area that she knows the most about and is especially interested in. While at SHS, Waddell has participated in volleyball, basketball, track, Frosh Fest, YiPEE, Youth Leadership Toledo, National Honors Society, where she serves as Vice President of Community Service, student council, where she serves as Class President, Show Choir, All-County Choir, and school musical.
Alexis Bergman applied to BGS because she knows it will be a great experience to learn about government and see if it is something she would like to pursue in the future.
“I hope to learn more about the processes within our government,” Bergman said. “It will be interesting to learn more about how our state functions and put that into action firsthand.”
Alexis Bergman plans on possibly running for a position in the judicial system. While at SHS Bergman has participated in volleyball, softball, Glass City Club Volleyball, SGS Magic Travel Softball, student council, where she serves as Vice President, Frosh Fest, Prom Committee, Interact, where she serves as Secretary, SEED, National Honors Society, Show Choir, Business Professionals of America, and Monclova Road Baptist Church youth group.
Olivia Bergman applied to BGS because she wants to learn about the government and how to become a better citizen firsthand.
“I really want to meet new friends that are also driven to succeed and come from different backgrounds, and ultimately, have a good challenge that I can learn from,” Bergman said.
Olivia Bergman plans on running for a state-level position at BGS. While a student at SHS Bergman has participated in volleyball, Glass City volleyball, softball, where she serves as team captain, MGS Magic travel softball, National Honor Society, student council, where she serves as class secretary, Rotary Interact, where she will serve as treasurer next school year, SEED, Business Professionals of America, school musicals, Fulton County Honors Choir, HOBY, Prom Committee, and Monclova Road Baptist Church youth group.