Otsego senior aces Americanism test PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:44
Otsego student Tyler Carson listens to the director of the American Legion Buckeye Boys State Gerald White (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY - An Otsego High School senior is heading to Washington, D.C., after acing a test covering government and Americanism.
Tyler Carson, of Tontogany, will travel to the capital and Gettysburg, Pa., March 8-13 on an all-expenses-paid trip after being named a state winner in the American Legion's Americanism and Government Test Program.
He also received a Mikeal and Frances Golato Award and $500 in savings bonds for his perfect score.
The test was given to students across the state in November. Locally, the Tontogany and Grand Rapids legion posts partner in presenting the test at Otsego.
"I was fairly confident in 90 percent of my answers," Carson said about the test.
He said he briefly looked over past tests collected by his government teacher.
There are 50 questions on the test, plus an essay that asked students to express their thoughts on the subject, "Mr. President, as a student my concerns are. ..." The test covered questions about flag etiquette; the Constitution; various levels of government, including who is in U.S. office and when Ohio was admitted as a state; as well as questions on school budgets and taxes.
Carson, the son of Brad and Jackie Carson, was honored at a function Wednesday at school, attended by local and district Legionnaires.
There are 18 state winners - three men and three women in each of grades 10-12.
Carson, 18, said returning to Washington, D.C., was an "amazing opportunity" and he thanked the legion for funding the trip.
In summer 2008, Carson was in the capital as a delegate to Boys Nation. He also has made two other trips there, once as an eighth-grade class trip and another with his family.

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