Marshfield High School students attend Badger Girls, Badger Boys State
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Six Marshfield High School seniors attended the Badger Boys or Badger Girls State Leadership Programs this past summer. Alec Hinson, son of Mark and Vicki Hinson; Grant Michaelis, son of Craig Michaelis and Heidi Michaelis; Braden Bohman, son of Dean and Shana Bohman; Sam Donahue, son of James Donahue and Maria Mascola; Emily Critelli, daughter of Mark and Marilee Critelli; and McKensie Dietsche, daughter of Paul and Janeen Dietsche, all of Marshfield, were selected to attend by their high school faculty.
Both Badger State programs offer young men and women training and experience in aspects of government and responsible citizenship as practiced in a democratic society. Both programs included nearly 1,000 participants from high schools all over Wisconsin.
During the weeklong programs, participants were grouped into cities and counties to form a 51st state. The citizens of this new state then carried out all the main functions of government, using the procedures of Wisconsin as their guide. They also had the opportunity to develop a party platform for their national party, similar to the Democratic and Republican Parties.
In addition, a variety of speakers lectured on various topics, including leadership, motivation, and civic responsibility. This year’s speakers were Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, and Charles Wiley of the Press Corps, among others.