Gilles, Wieser reflect on Badger State
PLUM CITY--Nash Gilles was this year’s representative for American Legion Post #365 to Badger Boys State and Alyssa Wieser was the representative for the Legion Auxiliary Unit #365 to Badger Girls State.
Badger State is part of the Americanism program to better understand the democratic form of government, originated in 1939 and 1941. There is a list posted in the Plum City Legion Hall of the representatives over the years from this area. The program teaches the workings of government by doing.
Gilles notes one is required to “step outside your comfort zone and have opportunities to learn about how Wisconsin State Government works.” There were 870 attending this year’s Badger Boys State.
Wieser said the 700 girls attending Badger Girls State were organized to represent the City of Cedar, with offices elected to fill all positions. She ended up being the Deputy State Treasurer. The group attended an inaugural ceremony and was sworn in by the Chief Justice. Gov. Scott Walker also gave a speech.
Both Gilles and Wieser said they made good friends and expect to keep in touch with them in the future. They commended Post #365 for the exciting and educational opportunity to attend.