WEST JEFFERSON — How much do you know about the United States Flag, the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution? What about state or local government?
Questions about those and other topics were part of the Americanism and Government test which is administered each fall to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors across the state of Ohio.
The American Legion has administered the test each year since 1936.
The test is comprised of 50 questions, plus an essay question. All students across the state answer the same essay question, which this year was on the topic of what can be done for everyone to respect each other.
There are 14 districts across the state, with a male and female winner selected in each grade level. From those, the three state winners for each grade level are selected, narrowing the 65,000 students who take the test down to 18 state winners and 84 district winners.
The West Jefferson American Legion Post 201 recently recognized the 2016 West Jefferson High School Americanism and Government test winners. Those individuals are sophomore Lily Hill, sophomore Cade Brintlinger, junior Sarah Haskins, junior Jacob Green, senior Jaclyn Looby, senior Samuel Hall and Tina Beckwith.
Jaclyn Looby is also the sixth district winner for the 2016 West Jefferson High School Americanism and Government. Her test will now go on to the state level.
This is the second time in Jim Saunders’ 40 years of presenting these awards that someone from West Jefferson High School has received a district honor.
The State Award is a five-day, all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. A highlight of the trip is a Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.