Several area girls have been selected to attend Buckeye Girls State, June 16-22 at the University of Mount Union, Alliance.
Buckeye Girls State is a week-long program designed to educate Ohio’s young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. Delegates, who are juniors in high school, learn about city, county and state government in one week.
Norcross Meyers Post 305, Custar American Legion Auxiliary, is sponsoring Sarah Alstadt and Taylor DeSmith.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Alstadt, Custar, Alstadt plays tennis, runs track and plays in the band at Bowling Green High School. She attends Christ Church, Bowling Green, and visits nursing home residents as part of her church ministry.
DeSmith is a member of the National Honor Society at BGHS, where she plays varsity softball and junior varsity tennis. She is a member of key club, Tomorrow 4-H Club and FFA, and has had several leadership roles.
The daughter of Mark and Melissa DeSmith, Custar, she is also a member of BGHS’s symphonic and marching bands; with marching, she was squad leader this academic year. She is also a member of St. Louis Church, Custar, and its youth group. She volunteers for several groups, including summer Bible school, Zumbathon and the Walk for Apraxia.
Four Otsego students, Syndey Davis, Marisa DiBartolomeo, Lindsey Donald and Dayna Fackler, will represent Grand Rapids Legion Auxiliary 232.
Davis is active in the youth group at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and volleyball, basketball, softball and cross country. Her parents are Wesley and Veronica Davis.
DiBartolomeo is in cross country, basketball, track, NHS, student council, key club, Young Life and the Right Direction. She is the daughter of Don and Colleen DiBartolomeo.
The daughter of Rick and Jenny Donald, Donald participates in volleyball, basketball and NHS.
Fackler participates in cross country, cheerleading, track and field, swing choir, church youth group, Young Life and student council. She is the daughter of Rod and Dee Fackler.
Tontogany American Legion Auxiliary Unit 441, along with Sons of American Legion, is sending Kristin Fowler, Hannah Davis and Erin Swanson, who all attend Otsego.
Fowler is involved in Tontogany 4-Leaf Clovers 4-H, Girl Scout Troop 11162, Wood County 4-H Shooting Sports, book and media club, St. Paul Lutheran Church Youth Group and Wood County 4-H Leadership Board. At Otsego, she is also in the jazz, pep and marching bands, track, Key Club and musicals. She is the daughter of Tom and Beth Fowler.
Davis is a member of Tontogany Hotwires 4-H Club, FFA, DECA and Student Leadership Board. The daughter of Bill and June Davis, she also is a camp counselor, plays basketball, volleyball and golf an is on the honor roll.
Swanson participates in 4-H, FFA, and Young Life, volleyball, basketball, club volleyball, choir and musicals at Otsego. Her parents are James and Lennette Swanson.
The Albert Bowe 338 American Legion Auxiliary Post in Bradner is helping to send six girls, Jacqueline Baer, Alaina Bickford, Kara Buchman, Amanda Jones, Chelsie Schmitz and Sadi Van Horn. Co-sponsors are Wilma Van Horn, Judy and Richard Hagemann-Hagemann Construction, Doug Barndt-Doug Barndt Funeral Home and Milford and Bernadine Smith.
Baer is the daughter of Marty and Renee Baer and attends Elmwood High School, where she’s involved in volleyball, track and National Honor Society, and is a wrestlerette.
Bickford attends Lakota High School, where she participates in volleyball, bowling, softball, student council, yearbook, FCCLAISADD and NHS. She is the daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Bickford.
An Elmwood student, Buchman is involved in volleyball, track, art club, Spanish club, FFA, NHS, Goldenkey and 4-H. The daughter of Rick and Karen Buchman, she is also a member of Cloverdale United Methodist Church.
Jones goes to Elmwood and participates in varsity volleyball, varsity track, FFA, FCA, art club, Farm Crafters 4-H and the Oiler Attack Volleyball Club. The daughter of Kim and Andy Jones.
An Elmwood student, Schmitz is the daughter of Dennie and Michele Schmitz. She is involved in varsity softball, varsity volleyball, Spanish Club, FCA, NHS, the Wood County Junior Fair Board. She is president and queen of FFA and president of the Country Paws 4-H Club.
Van Horn attends Otsego High School, where she is a three-year varsity cross country letter winner, a three-year varsity track letter winner and a one-year captain in cross country and track. The daughter of Gary and Paula VanHorn, she also participates in book and media club, art, photography and NHS. She has also been library aide and the 2011-12 sophomore first district Americanism Test winner of the American Legion.