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Friday, February 01, 2013 2:56 PM

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DELPHOS — St. John’s High School sophomore Elizabeth Winhover and senior Tricia Warnecke were among 18 winners chosen out of the 63,000 students in Ohio who took the American Legion’s Americanism Test in November.

Jerry White, director of Americanism and Youth Activities at American Legion Headquarters in Delaware visited St. John’s High School Wednesday morning to brief Winhover and Warnecke on the award they will share with 16 other Ohio students: a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to Gettysburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C., March 4-9. Winners have been taking the trip since the program was started by the Ohio American Legion in 1936. To date, only Indiana and Wisconsin have joined in with similar versions.

“This isn’t your usual high school trip to Washington, D.C.,” White said. “It’s first and foremost an educational trip. You’ll get to see and do some things that most high school students and even most citizens will never get to.”

Winhover and Warnecke will be given a guided tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, various memorials and museums in D.C. and the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, among other sites. The trip may include a tour of the White House.

“Whether or not we get to visit the White House depends on them, there are a lot of things going on right now,” White said. “If we do get in, prepare to be followed around by Secret Service and to show your identification multiple times.”

While in D.C., the winners and their chaperones will stay in a hotel across from U.S. Army post Fort Myer. They will also participate in the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. If time permits, the group will visit the Marine Corps. Base in Quantico, Va. The group will take most meals at local American Legion posts throughout their trip.

Winhover is the daughter of Jay and Carolyn Winhover and Warnecke is the daughter of Steve and Amy Warnecke.


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