The Ralph D. Cole Unit 3 American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring seven seniors-to-be from Arcadia, Arlington, Findlay, Liberty-Benton and Van Buren high schools to attend the 68th annual session of Buckeye Girls State this week at the University of Mount Union in Alliance.
Sessions began Sunday and will conclude Saturday.
Representing Arcadia High School is Abbigail Dauterman. She is the daughter of Kurt and Tonya Dauterman. She is co-sponsored by American Legion, Ralph D. Cole Post 3.
Vanessa Rieman will represent Arlington High School. She is the daughter of Tony and Jennifer Rieman. She is also co-sponsored by American Legion, Ralph D. Cole Post 3.
Aubrey Brown will represent Findlay High School. She is the daughter of Garth and Carmen Brown and is co-sponsored by the Hancock County Republican Party.
Liberty-Benton High School is represented by Corrine Kanable, the daughter of James and Rachel Kanable. She is co-sponsored by American Legion, Ralph D. Cole Post 3.
Jennifer Irving, Emily Anderbery and Rachel George are representing Van Buren High School. Irving is the daughter of James and Barbara Irving. She is co-sponsored by Hancock County Business and Professional Women. Anderbery is the daughter of Dale and Susan Anderbery. She is co-sponsored by Fort Findlay National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. George is the daughter of Milo and Arlene George. She is co-sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion.
Alternates are Allie Ferrell, Haley Howard and Clarissa Courtney, all from Arlington High School, and Alyssa Miller from Van Buren High School.
Girls State is a mock government program intended to train young women who have completed their junior year in high school in the duties, rights and privileges of citizenship by providing them the opportunity to actively participate in a democratic form of government at the state, county and city levels.
Girls are assigned to one of two political parties. The residence hall in which they live during the week is their designated county and the floor on which they live is their city.
Students will file petitions for candidacy for a variety of offices from governor to city council and participate in the election process. After elections and inaugurations, they will put government in action.
Several guest speakers will also visit during the week.
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