Indian Lake students heading into their senior year will again have the opportunity to participate in one of Ohio’s most valuable programs for young adults.
Students who went to Buckeye Boys and Buckeye Girls State this past summer recently presented information about the camp. The week-long educational experiences are held at Bowling Green State University and Mount Union University in mid June. Buckeye Boys/Girls State focuses on teaching students about government by creating a mini-Ohio, with students choosing to learn and perform actual jobs at either the city, county or state level. Senior Morgan Kessler said “It prepares you for the future—you learn to live on your own. You learn how state and local government works and if you want a career in that stuff, it really helps you.”
Senior Aunna Osborne said, “It was a great learning experience. From what I learned now I’m really interested in the election and I follow it every day.”
Local attorney Gabe Wickline participated in Boys State during his time in high school and has since helped by finding sponsors and interviewing students. He said, “We’re fortunate to have so many businesses that see the value in this. Some schools can’t send any representatives because they don’t have funds to do so.”
Many students form lasting relationships with students from other schools with whom they live and work.
Senior Kalyndi Martin told the students, “I’ve never had so much fun in my life! The friends I made there will be friends for life.”
The Huntsville American Legion Post sponsors seven young men each summer, while the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors two young women. Students are selected through an application and interview process that will begin in February. To be eligible students should be in good academic standing and demonstrate an interest in current events.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.