Six MHS juniors have been selected to participatein Badger Boys State or Badger Girls State over the summer.
David Hudson Whittingham, Max Prestigiacomo and Marcus Knoke were selected to attend Badger Boys State at Ripon College. Maddie Clark, Nikya Travis and Natalie Garton were selected to attend Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh, while Shailaja Singh was named the alternate. Badger Girls State will be held June 17-22, while Badger Boys State will be held June 9-16.
All of the students were selected by their social studies teachers to represent MHS, said Jada Callahan, the instructional leader for the department.
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 juniors from across Wisconsin annually ttend 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 725 high school juniors attended the session last year.