Ten MHS students participated in the respective Badger Boys and Badger Girls State this summer.
The students were selected by their social studies teachers to represent MHS, said Jada Callahan, the instructional leader for the department.
Badger Boys State was held on June 8-15 at Ripon College. Miles Boswell, Carter Brutosky, Jack Ohly, Aaron Boorstein, Noah Ehrhardt, and Josh Cochrane represented MHS. Badger Girls State was held June 16-21 at UW-Oshkosh. Lauren Hafeman, Micheline Jasinski, Annie Browning, and Celelia Jones represented MHS.
The boys were sponsored by the Cross Plains-Middleton Legion Post 245, while the girls were were sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary Unit 245 of Cross Plains-Middleton.
"I had so much fun at Badger Girls State and I am very appreciative of the opportunity,'' Jasiniski said. After being a delegate I feel that I have a much better understanding of city, county, and state government. ... This is an experience I will not soon forget.''
She noted delegates were taught how to file petitions, ordinances, and resolutions. She political party focused legislation on reforming the criminal justice system, reforming education, providing more programs for veterans, supporting the agricultural industry, and relieving poverty.
"The week showed me that there are so many young, but driven and intelligent, girls that want to make change,'' Hafeman said. "I loved the energy of the week and I met so many amazing new friends. I would go back in a heartbeat.''
The MHS boys also spoke glowingly of their experience.
"I learned values of friendship, citizenship, leadership, and service,'' Ohly said. "Most importantly, I learned what it means to be a good person to my community, and to others.''
Added Cochrane: "I had an amazing experience at Badger Boys State. I had a great time running for positions at various levels. I also had the great chance to argue a case before the Supreme Court and win. In addition to doing this, we had the chance to listen to several incredible speakers. One man who was in his 90s gave us a talk about what it was like to live on the home front during World War II and then go off to war.''
Added Boswell: "Badger Boys State has shown me how to lead myself and those around me, and has broadened my perspective on what it truly means to serve my community and country. I am very grateful to have received such an incredible opportunity from Middleton High School and the American Legion.''
Badger Boys State is a youth leadership program sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion dedicated to educating students in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Nearly 900 seniors-to-be from across Wisconsin annually attend the program, which is in its 77th year. For eight days, the students of the "51st state" carry out the main functions of city, county and state government using basic laws.
The first Badger Girls State was held in 1941. The entire program is a non-partisan, non-political attemp to teach and instill in the youth of America a great love of country. More than 700 seniors-to-be attend the session annually.