American Legion Reynoldsburg Post 798 is proud to announce its 2017 delegates to Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State. These young men and women are juniors attending Reynoldsburg High School’s Livingston Ave. and Summit Rd. campuses.
The two selected delegates to Buckeye Boys State are:
D’lacy Bass (left) and Daniel Felix (right).
The two selected delegates to Buckeye Girls State are:
Kaylie Torres-Malis (left) and Michele Schmitz (right).
The one selected alternate to Buckeye Boys State is:
Connor Westhoven (funded by Newark Post 85)
Buckeye Boys State will be held June 11-18, 2016 at Bowling Green University Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio. Buckeye Girls State will be held June 11-17, 2016 at University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
Chosen alternates will be given the opportunity to attend if a delegate for some reason cannot.
We fervently thank our community partners--Reynoldsburg Fraternal Order of Eagles, KeyBank, and Columbus Metro Federal Credit Union, without whose support these opportunities would not have been possible.
We also wish to thank the faculties from both Reynoldsburg High School campuses who contributed in the selection process for their over whelming support.
At a banquet held at the Reynoldsburg F.O.E. Eagle's Club on October 11th, 2016, American Legion Reynoldsburg Post 798 proudly honored four seniors attending Reynoldsburg High School for their participation in Buckeye Boys State and Girls State last mid-June. These two American Legion 9-day Ohio citizenship programs are considered by many to be the finest in the country. They give high school students the chance to hold their own Ohio government elections and then actual hands-on experience in running various executive, legislative, and judicial government functions at state, county, and city levels. Frequently, actual state legislators attend this process to counsel the delegates and often get ideas from them for our own Ohio government.
Attending Buckeye Boys State at Bowling Green State University this year were Nathan Fleeger, Andy Udall, and Tyler Shiffmen (who unfortunately could not make the banquet).
Attending Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio were Olivia Darling and Sarah Hartman.
After the delegates gave exciting recaps of their experiences, they were each presented with a certificate of appreciation and awarded an American Legion participation medal. Attending the ceremony and representing the Reynoldsburg High School (both campuses) was School Counselor William Underwood.
Funding for these five selectees this year came from American Legion Post 798, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Big Walnut Post #3261, the Reynoldsburg Lions Club, and Keybank Investment Services in Gahanna.
Also recognized were the faculties from both Reynoldsburg High School campuses who contributed in the selection process, and American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Unit 171 in Westerville for their overwhelming support.
Next year, the post hopes to increase the number of delegates that will be able to attend. Funding for them will as it does each year, depend on the generosity of the Reynoldsburg community.
BBS/BGS DELEGATES HONORED
Seated are (l-r) Nathan Fleeger, Olivia Darling, Sarah Hartman, and Andy Udall. Standing are Post 798 officers George Mussi Jr. (Finance Officer), Pete Margaritis (Cdr), Carl Bradley Jr. (BBS/BGS Chairman and Past Post Cdr), and Robert McPherson (1st Vice Cdr and the former mayor of Reynoldsburg).
BBS/BGS post chairman Carl Bradley Jr. gives opening address at
the banquet. Carl is a past commander of Post 798.
Sarah Hartman of RHS recounts her experiences at
Buckeye Girls State last June.
Nathan Fleeger talking about what he did in the mock Ohio Senate.
About Buckeye Boys State and
Buckeye Girls State
BBS is an intense, leadership and citizenship 9-day program sponsored by the American Legion in Ohio for high school boys between their junior and senior year. Held each June at a college campus in Ohio (currently, Miami U. of Ohio) Quite simply the finest youth camp in the state, it gives hand-on application in running the city, county, and state levels of Ohio government. Buckeye Girls State is a duplicate program, only for the young ladies, and sponsored by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. It is held in June at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
BBS and BGS is each a rigorous practical experience in the many operations of our state’s democratic form of government, the make up of our political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in the shaping and running of Ohio government. Young men and women learn how our city, county, and state governments are organized and operate through non-partisan objectives.
Each program includes two dozen ‘cities,’ each politically balanced between two fictitious political parties. Each political party elects a City Chairman and Party Secretary. The citizen delegates then go through an intensive voting campaign and election process to elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock city, and state governmental branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
If enough citizens are present, a county level is added to the program between city and state levels, complete with party caucuses. The participants then elect state officials, including a governor, lieutenant governor, and other state positions. The three branches then conduct business. The legislature then meets to organize, elect leaders, and to pass bills, just like how the actual Ohio Legislature operates. The judicial branch functions similarly.
Other functions organized include a boy’s band, a state newspaper, a realty company, banking, law enforcement, legislative service, utilities, and school boards.
The eight days is capped off with an address by Governor John Kasich (boys) or Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor (girls). Last, elections are held to select two delegates to represent Ohio at Boys Nation and two to represent us at Girls Nation, both held in Washington, D.C.
HALL OF FAME
Alumni of past Buckeye Boys State programs include:
Former U.S. Congressmen Michael Oxley, Ohio state Senator Paul Gillmor, Ohio state senator Randall Gardner, former Columbus mayor Greg Lashutka, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, OSU quarterback Rex Kern (National Championship, 1968), Roger Ailes, Chairman of Fox News, Randy Gradishar, OSU Heisman Trophy candidate and Denver Broncos Hall of Famer, and no less than five astronauts—including the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Some Girls State Alumni:
Ann Richards, Texas Governor; Jennifer Dunn, U.S. Congress; Christine Gregory, Washington Attorney ; Lynne Cheney, wife of VP Dick Cheney; Janis McKenzie, U.S. Senate; Janet Napolitano, Sec. Homeland Security; Michelle Johnson, USAF Academy Supt; Rosalyn Baker, Hawaii State Senator; Erika Dunlap, Miss America 2004; Katie Stam, Miss America 2009; Terri Utley, Miss USA 1982; Sharla “Kris” Cook, USAF Brig. General; Jane Pauley, TV Newscaster; Leeza Gibbons, Talk Show Host; Janie Fricke, country music star; Becky Stinchcomb, Mayor, Gahanna OH.
The cost for this unique 9-day experience to the participant is: NOTHING. Not a penny. The $300.00 per male student fee ($275 for the girls) is raised by local posts from businesses and organizatins within the community. The fees raised are paid for directly to The American Legion or Legion Auxiliary through the many Ohio posts. Reynoldsburg Post 798 sponsors Reynoldsburg youths through this funding provided by our own community. The number of boys and girls sent is determined by the funding that we receive each year.
WE NEED YOU
The post is asking for Reynoldsburg organizations to sponsor a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Reynoldsburg High School student. Any donation your organization can make would be greatly appreciated. Donations must be received before April 1, 2017 to support students attending this June. Naturally, all donations are tax deductible (BBS is a 501 c(3) organization). See their website at:
Donations may be sent in care of:
Buckeye Boys State (or Girls State) - 2017
C/O Carl Bradley, BBS Committee Chairman
The American Legion
Reynoldsburg Post 798
P.O. Box 58
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
The American Legion
Reynoldsburg Post 798
P.O. Box 58
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
The next regularly scheduled monthly post meeting (2nd Thursday each month) will be on Thursday, June 14th, at 1900 hrs. The meeting location will be as normal at the Eagles Club, 1623 Brice Rd, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, (614) 861-9073.