Four area students have advanced to the district competition in the Americanism and Government Test program.
The Americanism and Government Test program of the Ohio American Legion was created by Legionnaires of Ohio in 1936 and is one of the leading youth programs of the Ohio American Legion. Although created by the Ohio American Legion, the Americanism and Government Test program is a joint venture and partnership with the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, which is a cosponsor of the program. Besides Ohio, only Indiana and Wisconsin have the program.
Over 65,000 students participate in the Test program annually through a number of judging levels in the state of Ohio to select post, county, and district winners, the initial field of 65,000 students is narrowed to 84 district winners, whose winning test papers are submitted to a State Judging Committee. From the field of 84 district winners, the State Judging Committee selects 18 winners.
The State Award from the Ohio American Legion for the 18 State winners is a five day, all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Penn. and Washington D.C. under the direction of the Department Americanism Director, accompanied by representatives of the Ohio American Legion and Ohio American Legion Auxiliary. A highlight of the trip is a Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
John Wickizer, Commander and for Linda West, President announced this year’s top winners from the Swanton High School for the Americanism & Government test with the top two in each grade advancing to the district competition.
For the junior class, Jarrett Macek finished in first place and Samantha Keil was second and both advance. Third place was Aaron McFarland.
In the senior class, Kathryn Dzyalaz was first and Nickolas Wiebeck was second with both advancing. There was a three-way tie for third between Kira Cherry, David Haller and Matthew Wiebeck.