Governor John Kasich Speaks at Buckeye Girls State

June 19, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Ohio Governor John Kasich visited the University of Mount Union campus on Tuesday afternoon to speak with delegates of Buckeye Girls State (BGS).

Kasich talked to delegates about persistence, encouraging them to become independent, strong women and to never let anyone hold them back from achieving their goals. He told delegates that attending Buckeye Girls State should give them confidence and purpose.

“I have found that when I can dig down deep and listen to that special signal that I can feel what my purpose is,” he said. “When you find your purpose, that’s when you’re going to have a great life.”

Kasich also encouraged those in attendance to figure out what it means to be a leader and what it means to lead.

BGS, in its 67th year, is a program for girls between their junior and senior year of high school. Girls are selected to participate in the program and are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliary unit, which pays the cost of their attendance. During the weeklong event, participants are assigned to a city (residence hall) on campus and one of two mythical political parties. The event includes a caucus, campaigning and primary and general elections. During the later part of the week, delegates function in appointed and elected jobs.

This is the third consecutive year that BGS has been held on Mount Union’s campus.

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