Dylan Schneider the Plum City 2018 Badger Boys State Representative. Submitted photo
Dylan Schneider the Plum City 2018 Badger Boys State Representative. Submitted photo

Submitted by Judi Brunner, PC Legion & Auxiliary

PLUM CITY, WI – Badger Boys State is sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion.  Badger Girls State is sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary.  Senior High School students are selected after they apply, based on leadership qualities in school and in the community.  The goal is to learn about the civic processes of State government and the leadership required.

They each attend an eight-day program and act as a citizen of a fictitious 51st State of the Union.  They are assigned to a city or county, run for and are elected to positions in each level of State government.  They act out the roles and responsibilities over the week.

Dylan Schneider was selected for Plum City American Legion Post #365.  This is Dylan’s statement about his experience:

“I am Dylan Schneider.  I am the kid you so graciously sponsored to go to Badger Boys State.  For this I would like to thank you.

I ran for city attorney and lost.  This was the only position I ran for, but it taught me a lot.  First, I need to work on public speaking and have gotten much better.  Also, I attended many discussions on a broad range of topics, from why change is hard, to who the Ho-Chunk are.

Aside from this, I have put myself in positions I would otherwise not have done.  One night our city had a great bonding experience that brought us closer together and exposed our feelings.  In another case, I would not have even participated in this, but thanks to a new friend of mine, many things were said that needed to be said and allowed us to grow closer and become brothers rather than jocks, nerds, and strangers. Thank you allowing me to participate in this event.”

Kate Hassing, daughter of Paul and Shannon Hassing, was selected to be the representative for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #365.  2018 was the 70th anniversary at UW Oshkosh.  Over 700 delegates participated, and two delegates were selected to attend Girls Nation in Washington DC.

These are Kate’s notes on her experience:

“I would like to thank the American Legion Auxiliary for a wonderful and unforgettable experience.  I have to say that it has made an impression on my life.

I was able to act as the county supervisor, which means I was the leader of a small group of girls who were trying to keep the environment clean.  I also really enjoyed playing in the band as I got the opportunity to learn some new songs.

Being at Badger Girls State gave me the chance to experience the UW Oshkosh campus and make some great friendships.  There is a lot more I could say about my stay at Badger Girls State, but I just wanted to say thank you for a great experience.

Congratulations to both Dylan and Kate.