Barnesville students learn how a bill becomes a law at Eastern Ohio SummitOn April 8-9, 2011 the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from the Gifted and Talented class at Barnesville Middle School participated in an Ohio Legislature simulation at Salt Fork State Park Lodge. The thirteen students developed their leadership, communication and problem solving skills. This program covers several social studies and language arts standards for middle school students. Each student contributed to the team by researching the Ohio Revised Code and deciding on a law they would like to change in Ohio. They had to write, debate and defend their bill in Council Session on Friday evening and in General Assembly on Saturday.Each team also researched and developed a cultural display of an Ohio county. Our students chose Franklin, Fairfield and Highland counties. Two representatives from each team participated in a citizenship and geography contest. Fairfield County was awarded individual plaques and a plaque for the school for their outstanding bill. The students had a great experience and learned a great deal about Ohio, how a bill becomes a law and met other children from this area with similar interests. The students and Mrs. Jean Gallagher would like to thank The Barnesville Area Education Foundation, Rotary and Kiwanis for their generosity and making this trip possible.Representing Highland County are (left to right): Alexis Starr, Abbey McMillen and Caitlyn Toohey. Not pictured: Carly Greiner.Representing Fairfield County are (left to right): Brady Treherne, Raegan Boyd, Abby Wharton, Ciara Bauman and Matthew Burkhart.Representing Franklin County are (left to right): Anthony Keaton, Sara Reynard and Sydney Baum. Not pictured, Carly West.