February 1, 2017 - Sidney High School is proud to announce Rachel Trudeau a state champion in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test. She has earned an all-expenses paid, week-long trip to historical Gettysburg, PA and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Ohio sponsors the yearly trip, taking the top three boys and three girls in grades 10-12.
The Ohio American Legion Americanism and Government test is an opportunity for the high school student to evaluate him or herself in American government and history through this statewide test program. The initial field of 57,000 students who take the test is narrowed to 84 district winners, whose winning test papers are submitted to a State Judging Committee. Though many students across the state finished with the same test score, winners were selected based on the essay question responses.
“Rachel is the latest in a long line of state winners at SHS. Since 1970, Sidney High has had an impressive 30 state winners, with 17 of those winners since 2008,” says Brett Bickel, SHS Social Studies Chair “We have had both a male and female winner quite a few of those years; two years ago we had three winners for the first time, and last year we had four students win.”
Gerald White, Director for the Americanism and Youth Activities for the American Legion of Ohio personally congratulated Trudeau on her accomplishments and invited her on the trip. White noted, “The American Legion, especially in Sidney, is a cornerstone for community in schools. Sidney is lucky to have such a strong and enthusiastic post to keep the community aspect strong.”
Past SHS winners include: Samuel Pellman (1970), Jeffrey Motter (1981), Alan Holtslander (1986), Robert Strayer (1991), Jeremy Hutchinson (1993), Geneva Serrer (1995), Nathaniel Cook (1998), Andrew Thompson (1999), Jennifer Randolph (1999), Andrew Holt (2000), Damon Barhorst (2003), Steven Billups (2005), Matthew Casey (2006), Beth Hull (2008), Chad Neikirk (2008), Conor Kleman (2009), Elizabeth Winks (2011), Jon Bowers (2011), Neal Dev (2012), Ryan Stallings (2013), Aaron Jensen (2014), Emily McCroskey (2014), Logan Schultz (2015), Alex Willman (2015), and Ian Humphrey (2015), Heidi Parker (2016), Erin Ivey (2016), Logan Johnson(2016), and Gabrielle Rice (2016).
“The fact that SHS has produced so many winners of this test throughout the years is extraordinary. This is a true testament to the strength of our outstanding social studies program and the quality of teachers leading the way,” says SHS principal, Jon Geuy. “We wish Rachel all the best on her trip.”
While in Washington, D.C., they make visits to many monuments and memorials such as the Lincoln, WWII, Iwo Jima, and Vietnam Memorials. A special component of the trip is the presentation of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which the American Legion has done every year since their inception in 1936. Additionally, in years past, other tours have included the State Department, Washington Cathedral, and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They have also visited Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia where they will see Marine Helicopter Squadron One, the helicopter that flies the President and staff.
The 50 question, multiple choice test administered by the Ohio American Legion covers all aspects of Government and Americanism from Elected officials and the Constitution to Flag etiquette and federal holidays. Student winners are recognized at the post, county, district and state level. More information about the Ohio American Legion can be found at www.ohiolegion.com.