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Two West Holmes seniors-to-be will be among the nearly 900 young ladies participating in the 71st annual session of Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union. The session begins Sunday June 11 and concludes on Saturday June 17.
It is a fast-paced program of mock government at the state, county and city levels. The main objective of the Girls State program is to train young women, who have completed their junior year in high school, in the duties, rights and privileges of citizenship by providing them with the opportunity to participate in a democratic form of government.
Local delegates to Girls State are Reagan Welsh and Madison Zeigler. American Legion Auxiliary Holmes Unit 192 of Millersburg is sponsoring the young ladies. The Local Girls State Selection Committee is Katrina Geog and Jessica Patten.
As the girls arrive at Girls State, they are assigned to one of two political parties. The residence hall in which they live during the program is their designated county and the floor on which they live is their city. The students will file petitions for candidacy for a variety of offices from governor to city council and participate in the elections process. After elections and inaugurations, they will put government into action.
Welsh, the daughter of Brad and Melissa Welsh, is a volunteer with special education students at West Holmes and also volunteers at the Love Center Food Pantry. She is a member of the National Honor Society, marching and pep bands, concert and symphonic bands, stage hand for West Holmes musicals, varsity cross country runner, Academic Challenge, Ohio Model United Nations and Health Professions Affinity Community.
Zeigler, the daughter of Jamie Ziegler and Dave Ziegler, is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the West Holmes golf and softball teams. She is also a classroom assistant.