WILMINGTON — Members of Wilmington American Legion Post 49 recently recognized students from Clinton-Massie, East Clinton and Wilmington high schools who participated in the Americanism and Government Test program and achieved the highest score for their grade level.
The Americanism and Government Test is a 50-question test comprised of true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank, and a 300-word essay question. Participation is open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Students in grade 9 may take the test for practice only.
The questions are designed to test the student’s knowledge of the US flag, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and state, county, city, township, village and school district governments in Ohio.
The questions are written in such a manner as to be current and topical to events, studies, and information being presented in Ohio high schools and events happening in the state and the nation. The essay is utilized in the various judging levels of this program as a tie-breaker. The topic is selected/written each year by members of the Department Americanism Committee and Department Americanism Director. Every student is presented with the same topic.
On average, over 65,000 students participate in the program annually and go through a number of judging levels in the state, to select post, county and district winners. The initial field is narrowed to 84 district winners, whose winning test papers are submitted to a state judging committee.
The Judging Committee selects three boys and three girls from each of the three grades for a total of 18 winners who receive a five-day, all-expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. accompanied by representatives of the Ohio American Legion and Ohio American Legion Auxiliary. A highlight of the trip is a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
The students achieving the highest scores are:
10th grade: Corey Stulz, CMHS; Brittany Fry, CMHS; Jack Romer, WHS; Hanna Satterfield, WHS.
11th grade: Michael Hawkins, CMHS; Morgan McIntosh, CMHS; Tristan Hall, ECHS; Brittany Parrish, ECHS; Brendan Crouse, WHS; Heather Fryman, WHS.
12th grade: Austin Nichols, CMHS; Chase Sears, CMHS; Thomas Wright, ECHS; Hannah Pickering, ECHS.
Heather Fryman, WHS, was also one of the 11th-grade county winners.
Even though the program was created by the Ohio American Legion, it is a joint venture and partnership with the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, co-sponsor of the program.