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2018 local Badger State candidates selected

New Richmond High School juniors Lilly Deschene, Cal Crowder and Talon Seckora were recently selected to represent the New Richmond community at the 2018 Badger State conferences. Submitted photo

New Richmond High School juniors Lilly Deschene, Cal Crowder and Talon Seckora were recently selected to represent the New Richmond community at the 2018 Badger State conferences.

Deschene will represent the New Richmond community at Badger Girls State and Crowder will represent at Badger Boys State, while Seckora is currently an alternate for attending but additional sponsorship is being pursued. New Richmond American Legion Post 80 and the American Legion Auxiliary sponsor Badger State, which is a government and leadership conference.

The Government and Leadership Conference is designed for junior girls and boys entering their senior year of high school to simulate the governmental process by building a city, county, and state government from the ground up to better equip them for the future as an American citizen. It is a way to connect with peers throughout the state for better awareness and networking. The week-long program includes sports, music, newspaper writing, a color guard (awareness of patriotic participation), and several discussion sessions including: law enforcement, medical professions, engineering, education, ministry, the political process and ecology.

Badger Girls State is held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh June 17-22. The 61st session is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Badger Boys State is held at Ripon College June 9-16. This is the 76th Session for Badger Boys State.

Connie Berning has been the local coordinator of both Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State for several years and is an alumna of Badger Girls State. Berning has also been a counselor for Badger Girls State and continues to promote awareness for positive governmental leadership. NRHS counselor Jenny Wander informs students about and promotes Badger State. Students who are eligible and interested in submitting applications for attending go to Wander for support.

"This learning-by-doing process teaches girls that they can be a respectful, positive and powerful influence in government, whether from home or during college or as a career choice," said Berning. "Even if a student doesn't have a love for government, they can still participate and enjoy being a part of the many other opportunities Badger Girls State has to offer (choir, band, newspaper, art design, lobbying, campaigning, etc.) not to mention meeting life-long friends and making important connections."

Several other Badger State alumni help with the selection process of qualified junior applicants each year. Berning coordinates the process of applications, distributes them, and the selection committee votes for the best people to represent the community. Selection committee members include Stephanie Karno, Ken Kerr, and Greg Kier (School District of New Richmond). Travis Messer, last year's Badger Boys State participant, also helped promote this program. If there are other alumni of Badger State and you would like to be a part of the selection process, contact any of the current committee members.

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