While many students have taken a break from education during their first full week of summer vacation, five young men entering their senior year at Wapakoneta High School spent last week learning about city, county and state government at the American Legion Buckeye Boys State program at Bowling Green State University.
From June 8-15, incoming seniors Collin Lenhart, Sam Hinegardner, Will Hinegardner, Adam Henderson and Blake Pfenning attended the program in an effort to learn how Ohio government operates, as well as gain leadership skills and experience what it’s like to live on a college campus.
The eight-day experience was a hands-on approach to learning about government, and allowed young men to choose various government positions including governor, treasurer, city council and county auditor, among others.
Aside from choosing positions in local, county and state government, participants were also able to take on roles in the courts, school boards, police force, banks and realty.
The young men were then given tasks that mimicked the responsibilities of each position in the real world.
While some positions were appointed, others were elected positions voted on by those who attended the program.
For the full story, see the Saturday, June 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.