Twelve Delavan-Darien High School juniors were named to represent DDHS at Badger Boys and Badger Girls State this year.
The female representatives are Cristina Bahaveolos, Allison DeJong, Amber Reed and Jailyn Schroeder, who is an alternate.
The male representatives include Gage Wuttke, Brody Cunningham, Rodrigo Mendoza, and Josh Pickel, along with alternates William Brown, Ethan Price, Aatmik Patel and Daniel Smith. (*NOTE: Alternate Nathan Johnson declined the opportunity to be an alternate. Daniel Smith took his place.)
Students who participate in Badger Boys and Badger Girls State have met the following qualifications:
- have an interest in government and citizenship,
- excelled academically (Boys upper 1/3 & Girls upper ½ of their class),
- outstanding qualities of — leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities.
“Each year, we are proud to have a selection of students represent DDHS at the Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State events in Ripon and Oskhosh,” Interim Principal Mike Kolff said. Badger State events are tremendous opportunities for our students to demonstrate leadership, network with other students, and learn life-skills such as teamwork, negotiating and public speaking, which they can use back here at DDHS and long after graduation.”
Badger Boys and Badger Girls State are experiences like no other. They are programs that teach the workings of government “by doing”; but they are much more than that. They are a week-long journey through a great many things that make us who we are; leaders, friends, students, athletes, and most of all citizens of our respective cities, towns, and our great state. Badger State is a journey that can be described as the most challenging and most rewarding (and fun) experiences by those who have already participated in the program.
Members of Legion Post 95, Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Elks Club, Lions Club and Optimist Club pay for the cost for Badger Boys & Girls State.
About the Organizations
Girls State is a very important part of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Americanism program; it is designed to train future stateswomen in the science of government. The purpose of Badger Girls is; to develop leadership and pride in American citizens, to educate citizens about our system of government, to instill a greater understanding of American traditions and to stimulate a desire to maintain our democratic government processes. Badger Girls State is at UW-Oshkosh on June 21-26, 2015. For more information on Badger Girls visit their website at www.badgergirlsstate.org.
Badger Boys is a premiere Wisconsin youth program which creates an environment in which future leaders develop, and put into practice, skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. Badger Boys provides everything necessary to help promote leadership and learning through a framework of hands-on creation of their own mock government among some of the best young men of Wisconsin. Gathering such a diverse and quality group of young men is by itself powerful. Badger Boys State is at Ripon College on June 13 – 20, 2014. For Badger Boys www.badgerboysstate.com.