Wooster American Legion Post 68 recently hosted an Appreciation Dinner, where the two boys he sponsored to attend Buckeye Boys State this summer talked about their experiences. Dinner was at the Des Dutch Essenhaus restaurant in Shreve.
Each summer, Post 68 sponsors qualified Wooster High School students who have just completed their junior years. Students are appointed by teachers who teach subjects related to government, such as civics, history, and social studies. Students then apply to Post 68, which selects as many students each year as they have the funds to sponsor.
Theo Ollier and Seth Opatz, who are now both seniors at WHS, were the two Post 68 sponsored students for the annual event, which took place June 13-20 at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio.
Ollier, son of cross-country and track and field cross-country racer Michael Ollier and Anne-Marie Savoie, plays saxophone in the band and writes for the school newspaper, The Wooster Blade, and is a member of Key Club and the National Honor Society. He was elected senator to Boys State.
Opatz, son of Jarred and Jamie Opatz, bowls for the WHS bowling team, plays drums in the band and participates in the Academic Challenge, is also a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, History Club and the Science Club. He worked for the Boys State Bank and won an Outstanding Citizen’s Award for his work as a cashier.
Ohio American Legion Sponsors Buckeye Boys State
Sponsored by the Ohio American Legion, Buckeye Boys State is an eight-day hands-on experience in the workings of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relation of one to another in the formation of government. from Ohio, according to the organization’s website.
Founded in 1936, Buckeye Boys State is the nation’s largest boys state program with an attendance of over 1,200 young men annually, representing nearly 600 Ohio high schools, several online high schools, and the school community. at home, according to the website.
At Boys State, young men learn about city, county, and state government through an objective, non-partisan educational approach, and form friendships that will last a lifetime, according to the Ohio American Legion.