2004 Awards

Buckeye Girls State 2004
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.

Stephanie Wheeler, West Carrollton


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.

Alyssa Guthrie, Sunbury
Kyrsten Chambers, St. Marys
1st Alternate
Sarah Shaffer, Portsmouth
2nd Alternate
Gwen Chamberlain, Shreve


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.

National Finalist
Ashley James, Bellefontaine


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 ten individuals as their nominees.

Keri Rodhe, Millersburg
Heather McIntyre, Miamisburg
Kyrsten Chambers, St. Marys
Linda Lehmkuhle, Delphos
Desirae Avery, Genoa
Colleen Hunter, Dublin
Katherine Glass, Rocky River
Keri Agriesti, Bucyrus
Erin Gorman, Stowe
Chelsye Castle, Irondale

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