Local teens chosen for Buckey Girls State


This weekend, the American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State conference returns to Bowling Green State University to educate high school students from across Ohio about city, county and state government.

As one of the largest Girls States in the country, roughly 500 high school delegates and staff members will be on the BGSU campus Sunday to June 15 as part of the weeklong residential program.

Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio, Buckeye Girls State educates students on the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. The program takes a non-partisan, non-political approach to teaching the principles of American government.

Buckeye Girls State attendees are chosen through a selection and interview process held by American Legion Auxiliary units in communities across Ohio.

The Albert Bowe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 338, Bradner, will be sponsoring two juniors from Elmwood High School.

Aubrey Johnson, daughter of Eric and Lindsay Johnson from Cygnet, will be attending. She is actively involved in student council, Spanish and science clubs, and basketball and volleyball. The past three years she has been secretary of her class, been part of the Royal Leadership team for two years and inducted in the National Honor Society this past year. As a focused and driven student, Johnson wants to learn the workings of all government systems and meet new people. As a good listener she can take others’ ideas and opinions with respect and understanding while at Buckeye Girls State.

Madelayne Lee, daughter of Ryan and Cora Lee of Jerry City, is in many leadership positions at Elmwood. She is class president, vice president of student council, Spanish club secretary, Country Paws 4-H Club vice president, and secretaryof the Wood County Junior Fair Board. Other activities include science club, Royal Leadership team, Bible study, yearbook, and HOBY ambassador alumni. She wants to increase her leadership skills and abilities at BGS, plus learn more about our government. Lee wants to develop a strong sense of friendship and teamwork working with others at Buckeye Girls State.

Troy-Webster American Legion Auxiliary, Luckey, will sponsor two delegates.

Samantha Brooks is the daughter of Ed Brooks and Belinda Brooks. She participates in soccer at Eastwood High School as well as kids camp. She has worked at the Pemberville pool and at a local restaurant and has also babysat in her free time.

Alexa Urbanyi is the daughter of Chris and Tara Urbanyi. At Northwood High School, she participates in Key Club, student council, Toledo ZOOteen, junior leadership, Toledo Metro Park Conservation Club and is a past member of the marching band and several sports teams.

Lybarager-Grimm Auxiliary #441, Alva N. Sidle Auxiliary #232, and Lybarger-Grimm Sons of American Legion #441 have chosen four delegates, all from Otsego High School.

Lybarager-Grimm Auxiliary #441, Tontogany, is sponsoring Allison Lee and Evelyn Borders.

Lee is the daughter of Aaron and Jodi Lee. She is active in choir, swing choir, musicals, marching/concert/pep bands and is the social director, track, speech and debate club, and the Explorers Club.

Borders is the daughter of Ron and Rachel Borders. She is on the cheerleading squad and dance team, and volunteers at church, as a mentor for fifth grade, as a tutor and at the election polls.

Alva N. Sidle Auxiliary #232, Grand Rapids, is sponsoring Brooke Simon, daughter of Shannon Sorosiak. Simon is president of her 4-H club and is a 4-H camp counselor, is on the Junior Fair Board, participates in outdoor and indoor track and field, is a varsity football cheerleader and plays piano.

Lybarger-Grimm Sons of American Legion #441, Tontogany, has selected Rosemary Brewster, daughter of Michael and Laura Brewster. The junior participates in marching and pep band, Knights Have Your Back, student council, musical and book and media club.

Morgan McNary was selected as an alternate. McNary is the daughter of Christy McNary. She is involved with the music boosters, choir, musicals, book and media club, lacrose club and soccer. She is employed at McDonalds.

According to the Buckeye Girls State website, other delegates from Wood County include Carys Ruck and Megan Ariny from Eastwood High School, sponsored by Freedom Unit 183 American Legion Auxiliary, Pemberville; and Nevaeh DeWitt from North Baltimore High School, sponsored by North Baltimore American Legion Auxiliary Unit 539.

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