Keith Hall poses with Americanism test winners Elizabeth Winhover, left, and Tricia Warnecke during the Commanders Banquet Saturday.
DELPHOS — The Delphos American Legion Post 268 hosted the 77th Annual Past Commanders and Presidents Banquet on Saturday night, where past leaders and award winners were recognized.
Keith Hall presented Americanism Test winners St. John’s High School seniors Tricia Warnecke and Elizabeth Winhover with their awards.
More than 65,000 students in the state took the Americanism government test and 16 were chosen to give an 8-10 minute oratorical speech. Both Warnecke and Winhover won a trip to Washington, D.C., where they visited many of the historical and revered sites.
“We loved the Tomb Sentinels,” Warnecke said excitedly. “We also got into the White House.”
Warnecke explained that the trip was a hands-on government experience where she ran for governor but did not win the caucus. During the remainder of her time “on the hill,” she was enlisted to work for the governor and helped to raise taxes.
“I learned more in six days there [in Washington] than all my time in school,” Warnecke stated.
Auxiliary President Sharon Miller introduced Buckeye Boys and Girls State delegates, including St. John’s senior Jessica Recker and Jefferson senior Wes Roby, and presented them with their awards.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience where lasting friendships are created,” Miller announced.
Roby detailed his trip to Bowling Green where he ran for county sheriff, which was a heated election. During his political campaign, he made up catch slogans and was appointed to police chief at Bowling Green Police Station.
“I worked on the school board and helped balance the budget,” Roby explained.
“At Mount Union University, I worked for the Treasurer,” Recker detailed. “I learned a lot about taxation and working on a budget.”
Guest speaker, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick, spoke during the banquet and presented an informative look at jury selection process and the vital importance of civic duty.