By LINDA MESSMER
The American Legion and its Auxiliary believe that educating American youth about the basic ideals and the principles of our system of government will help to ensure the survival of our republic.
Hoosier Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and Hoosier Boys State, sponsored by the American Legion, guide the youth of our nation toward an understanding, comprehension and appreciation of their roles as United Ttates citizens.
It began in the mid-1930s as one and two day sessions but was expanded in 1939 to a week long program.
Girls State and Boys State citizens have the opportunity to receive financial assistance through the Samsung American Legion Scholarship. By doing this, the Legion and Auxiliary hope to lay a solid foundation for a stronger tomorrow.
This year six girls from Northview High School went to Hoosier Girls State held at Indiana State University, June 20-26. They are: Brittany McCullar, Jana Deal, Kristy Backfish, Maureen Crispin, Melissa Miller and Haley Bradshaw. Northview senior Tyler Hutcheson attended Boys State June 12-19.
Girls from Clay City High School who attended Girls State were: Emily Lowdermilk, Katanna Baumgartner, Bryleigh Schopmeyer and Paige Catt. Jeff Schlak and T. L. Roeschlein, of Clay City High School, attended Hoosier Boys State.
These young men and women chose to learn more about the U.S. government and its process. Hoosier Girls State, Hoosier Boys State and various sponsors have provided them with the opportunity to get a better understanding of the American government.