2000 Awards

Buckeye Girls State 2000
Awards, Honors and Scholarships


One outstanding Buckeye Girls State delegate will be selected to receive the $1,000 Buckeye Girls State American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio Endowment Fund Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by donations from local Auxiliary Units across the state of Ohio. Delegates must be recommended by BGS staff members and go through an interview process.

2000 Recipient
Jennifer Bittinger


Two Buckeye Girls State delegates will be selected to represent Ohio and Buckeye Girls State in a weeklong exercise in the operation of the Federal Government through the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation Program. The American Legion Auxiliary National Organization underwrites the transportation as well as the housing and meal costs of all delegates selected to participate in the Girls Nation Program. Delegates must be recommended by BGS staff members and go through an interview process. Selection is based on leadership, cooperation, attitude, knowledge of office and desire.

2000 Delegates
Christina McKee
Devon Ludwig
1st Alternate
Lisa Galanis
2nd Alternate
Katy Milane


One individual is selected from BGS delegates to be Ohio's candidate for the Samsung Scholarship. She must be a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great-grandchild or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. veteran who served during a period of war. The scholarship is for undergraduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Her application will be submitted with Girl and Boy Staters from all over the country and a committee will select the winner.

2000 Candidate
Candise Barhorst


In 1962, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to endorse a nationwide youth program that would bring high school students to the nation's capital for a brief introduction to the federal government and United States Senate. The program has been continued in succeeding years by unanimous action of the Senate. The resolution specified that the program should be "supported by private funds with no expense to the federal government." The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is and has been the sponsor of the program. Each year, two high school juniors or seniors from the 50 states and the District of Columbia have participated in this unique experience. The Foundation pays for all expenses for the week in Washington, D.C., including transportation, hotel and meals. BGS selects one to five individuals as their nominees.

2000 Nominees
Amber Adams
Leah Wicks
Devon Ludwig
Christina McKee
Elicia Wyman


Twenty-five girls are selected to attend Junior Cadet Week at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus. This program is jointly sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. A desire to participate in the program and the willingness to serve the public are prerequisites to attending Junior Cadet Week. The troopers attending BGS will hold interviews for these positions.

Nicholas James Baker Bettsville
Jerrian A. Bell Columbus
David R. Brown Piqua
Michelle Bush East Palestine
Kelly Carter London
Cinda K. Clifford Chester
Daniel A. Collins Piqua
Joseph J. Cutcher Vermilion
Megan Sue Dean Williston
Scott E. Miller Sugarcreek
Larry J. Mehn Cincinnati
Lindsey McCarthan Canton
Aaron Maderia Colerain
Sheena Lambert Republic
Matthew Hunter Norwalk
Steve Hollingsworth Sugarcreek
George Goll Bryan
Chris Gemma Wilmot
Larry Tyler Everett Lisbon
Arjun Nagra Johnstown
Maria Phillis Euclid
Randall J. Prill Geneva
Justin Riggs Portage
Jason D. Rodriguez New Lebanon
Jeffery W. Sandlin Hamilton
Robert A. Seibert Jr. Jerry City
Tony L. Shambaugh Ashland
Amber Valichnac Brunswick
Jacob VanMeter Tipp City
Steve Vyn Hudson
Justin Williamson Hilliard
Samantha Woods Marengo
Edward Aruther Wright Westerville


This seminar is offered by the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University in conjunction with BGS. The delegates had to apply prior to the session. Attendance from Tuesday through Saturday and the successful completion of a final exam will earn one semester hour of university credit (Political Science 1SG). This credit may be applied to a degree from Ashland University or it may be transferred to any other institution of higher learning, dependent upon their transfer policy. The week's lectures are: The Declaration of Independence; The Constitution; Slavery and Succession; and Lincoln and the Civil War.

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