BLANCHESTER — Blanchester American Legion Marion Post 179, along with its auxiliary, held a reception for the students attending Buckeye Boys and Girls State at the Blanchester Senior Citizens Center.
Honored from Girls State were Heather Hurtt, Heather O’Neill, Cheyenne Rhodes and Anna Tobler.
Honored from Boys State were Tanner Green, David Trivett, Jared Willison, Daulton Stevens, Christian Woodyard and Austin Smith.
These young people were selected for their qualities of strong leadership, high moral character, scholastic achievement, exemplary citizenship and a desire to learn.
Buckeye Boys/Girls State is a program of mock government at the state, county and city levels, stated a news release. The main objective is to train young people who have completed their junior year in high school, in duties, rights and privileges of citizenship by providing attendees the opportunity to actively participate in a democratic form of government.
Buckeye Boys and Girls State was sponsored by BDK, First National Bank, Peoples Bank, Health Quest, Morgan Insurance, Heidi Massey-Bong, Dr. Jody Gundler and women from the auxiliary.
The American Legion/Auxiliary is a veterans support organization that focuses on three major areas: veterans, young people and the community.
Anyone interested in joining or contributing to this organization may contact Joyce Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bruce Barricklow at email@example.com.