On April 12-13, students from the Gifted and Talented class at Barnesville Middle School participated in an Ohio Legislature simulation at Salt Fork State Park Lodge. The students developed their leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Each student contributed to the team by researching the Ohio Revised Code and deciding on a law they would like to change or develop 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 Sandusky, Hamilton and Franklin counties. Two representatives from each team participated in a citizenship and geography contest. Carson Burkhart won $25.00 for the Logo Contest, which was a drawing of the "Spirit of EOS" for the front of the booklets that were given to everyone who attended. Luke Taylor placed 1st in the geography contest. During the Summit, there were five Outstanding Representatives chosen from forty-eight participants. Luke Taylor was also awarded an Outstanding Representative plaque for his participation, conduct, attitude, and excellent debate skills.
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 sixth graders and Mrs. Gallagher would like to thank The Barnesville Area Education Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2792, Kiwanis, Rotary and BPO Elks, for their generosity and making this trip possible.