SHS sophomore Thomas Sibert is a State Champion in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test and has earned an all-expense paid, week-long trip to historic Gettysburg, PA and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The American Legion Department of Ohio sponsors the yearly trip taking the top 3 boys and 3 girls in grades 10-12 for a total of only 18 students.
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. Over 90,000 students participate annually in this project, which is jointly sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary.
While Sibert was a winner at the state level, Senior Cody Carr was named an alternate at the state level, if any of the 3 senior male winners cannot go on the trip, Cody will be included on the trip. Additionally, Junior Jenna Smith had a perfect score 50/50 but lost on a tiebreaker.
Sibert is the latest in a long line of state winners at SHS. Since 1970, Sidney has had an impressive 35 state winners, with 24of those winners since 2005, and at least one state winner every year since 2009.
The trip will include visits to many monuments and memorials such as the Lincoln, WWII, and Vietnam Memorials, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Additionally, the group will tour the State Department, Washington Cathedral, and Kennedy Center, and will visit Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
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 .