ALLIANCE - The following area students served as delegates to Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union from June 16 through June 22:

Taylor Basinger of Ottawa, served in the role of Director of Law.

Summer Burkholder of Pandora, served in the role of City Director of Environment.

Michelle Durliat of Ottawa, served in the role of City Transportation Director.

Stephanie Hempfling of Ottawa, served in the role of City Councilman.

Sydney Klausing of Ottawa, served in the role of City Historian.

Nicole Kreinbrink of Leipsic, served in the role of Bailiff.

Kaitlin Lammers of Ottawa, served in the role of City Dog Warden.

Lindsay Langhals of Columbus Grove, served in the role of City Councilman.

Monica Maas of Ottawa, served in the role of Director of Law.

Jenny Meyer of Ottawa, served in the role of County Engineer.

Gabriella Nusbaum of Columbus Grove, served in the role of County Commissioner.

Anna Schmenk of Leipsic, served in the role of State Board of Education.

Maddie Steffan of Leipsic, served in the role of City Police Officer.

Justine Verhoff of Ottawa, served in the role of City School Board Member.

Ellison Wenzinger of Ottawa, served in the role of City School Board Member.
BGS is a week-long program designed to educate Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. By getting involved in this active hands-on process, BGS delegates learn more about city, county and state government within one week. Nearly 900 rising high school seniors participated in this year's event.

According to buckeyegirlsstate.org, the Girls State program was organized as a national Americanism activity by the 1937 National Convention. The first Girls State was held in Washington D.C. in 1947. The program is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship.

For more information about Buckeye Girls State, visit www.buckeyegirlsstate.org.