Waupaca High School has selected Seth Deuman, Logan Feldt and Ben Miller as the 2011 representatives to the 70th session of Badger Boys State.
Badger Boys State is a youth leadership program that is sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion. It is designed to educate youth on the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.
As much as possible, the mechanics of government in Badger Boys State are modeled after Wisconsin’s own government at the city, county and state level.
The weeklong Badger Boys State program begins June 11 in Ripon.
The annual program brings together approximately 850 high school students from across Wisconsin to create a 51st state known as Badger Boys State.
Deuman is the son of Tricia and Gerald Deuman Jr. He will be a senior at Waupaca High School. He is active in baseball, football, Spanish National Honor Society, serves as an officer for National Honor Society and is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
“I am excited to be a part of the Badger Boys State program,” he said.
Feldt is the son of Mary and Dale Feldt. He will be a senior at Waupaca High School and is involved in football, Students Against Destructive Decisions, weight lifting, intramural basketball, serves as an officer for the National Honor Society, assists with the elementary Counter Act program and is a volunteer for school and community projects.
“I have heard many good things about the Badger Boys State program from past participants. I am looking forward to attending,” he said.
Miller is the son of Debra and James Miller. He will be a senior at Waupaca High School and is involved in student government as a member of the student council. He is also class president and member of the Green Team, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Photo Club and the varsity soccer team.
“I am looking forward to learning how the system of democracy in our state works. I know this knowledge will help me make educated choices when I am able to exercise my right to vote in the future,” Miller said.
Badger Boy State representatives are selected by local high schools throughout Wisconsin based on their qualifications as good students, exhibiting strong leadership skills and being in the top third of their class. Previous Badger Boys State graduates are prominent today as leaders in public office, business and the armed forces.
Badger Boys State participants develop their own party platforms, pass local ordinances and utilize a state patrol and judicial system to enforce the laws and constitution of the 51st state.
Additionally, citizens choose from a series of schools of instruction ranging from law school and peace officer school to schools on lobbying and campaign strategies. Badger Boys State participants also have an opportunity to participate in a variety of team sports that compete throughout the week, a band and choir, Color Guard and to write for the Badger Bugle Citizen, the official newspaper of Badger Boys State.
For more information on the program and to follow the session, visit www.badgerboysstate.com.