POMEROY — American Legion Post 39 is once again in the news, as they announced the results from their post of the Americanism and Government Test.
The post provides the opportunity for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to take the test annually, with students in grade nine taking the test for practice only.
Dillon Mahr, a sophomore at Meigs High School, had the highest score this year and received a certificate and $50 from Post 39.
The test that was created by Legionnaires of Ohio in 1936, and the program is a joint venture and partnership with the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary and open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12.
Students do not advance in the competition, only the test paper; the program is not designed to have one student compete against another, rather it is to test an individual student’s knowledge.
The test consists of 50 questions and a 300-word essay and includes current events happening in the state and the nation, as well as studies and information being presented in Ohio high schools. Topics include the United States flag, Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and state, county, city, township, village and school district government in Ohio.
Through a number of judging levels in the state, post, county and district winners are selected from the initial field of 65,000 students. Essays are used as tie breakers.
The state award from the Ohio American Legion for the 18 state winners is a five-day, all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C., under the direction of the Department of Americanism director, accompanied by representatives of the Ohio American Legion and Ohio American Legion Auxiliary.
A highlight of the trip is a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The Ohio American Legion and Auxiliary have had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb every year since the founding of the legion.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext.2551
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