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O-W Badger Girls and Badger Boys are chosen

O-W Badger Girls and Badger Boys are chosen

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June 2, 2022

Badger State sessions are finally back after a two year break. Sierra Bakke, daughter of Dennis and Sheila Bakke, Chloe Faude, daughter of Jamie Ingles and Todd Faude, Gabby Goessl, daughter of Dan and Tammy Goessl, and Sidney Halida, daughter of Jason and Nicole Halida, are this year’s Owen-Withee High School representatives to the 2022 session of Badger Girls State. Sierra and Chloe are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #123 of Owen. Gabby and Sidney are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #547 of Lublin. The alternate is Amelia Petke, daughter of Art and Sandi Petke. The Badger Girls State will be held on the UW-Oshkosh campus June 19-24, 2022.  

Connor Simington, son of Adam and Karen Simington, Logan Amacher, son of Mark and Kim Amacher, and Ben Heggemeier, son of Paul and Kay Heggemeier are this year’s Owen-Withee High School representatives to the 2022 session of Badger Boys State. Connor is sponsored by the American Legion Post #123 of Owen. Logan is sponsored by the American Legion Post #547 of Lublin and Ben is being sponsored by Walmart of Medford. Badger Boys State will be June 12-18, 2022 and has moved from Ripon College to UW Eau Claire.  

These students were selected as Badger State citizens on the basis of their scholarship and leadership qualities and will have completed their junior year of high school in June (this year also accepting seniors who could not participate last year). They will join more than 750 other girls and more than 850 other boys from all over Wisconsin to form the mythical state of Badger modeled after our Wisconsin government. Badger State citizens are divided into two political parties to gain knowledge about the operation of a two-party system. The citizens participate in these instructional political parties, and elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting. The citizens also receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure. Badger State gives participants the experience of living together as self-governing citizens with the privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship. Learning by doing is a primary goal of this American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary program in Americanism.

Badger State citizens become eligible for numerous scholarships and for the opportunity to attend Girls Nation or Boys Nation in Washington, DC. Congratulations to this year’s representatives from Owen-Withee High School to Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State.

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