Schaublin, Boys State representative, visits Post 457
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Every summer, members of the Sunbury’s Col. Benson W. Hough American Legion Post 457 sponsors several students who attend Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State. Last Thursday evening, a boy who attended Buckeye Boys State at Bowling Green State University stopped at the Legion Post to share his experiences with Post 457 members.
Kevin Schaublin will be a senior at Westerville North. Schaublin was a first alternate in the Westerville Boys State selection process, when members of the Sunbury post stepped up to the plate and sponsored him.
Schaublin, who is considering a career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and is also thinking about becoming a high school teacher, said Buckeye Boys State was a great experience.
“I really enjoyed it, it was one of the best weeks of my life,” Schaublin told the Legion members. “I learned how to interact with others and a lot about government; and I also learned about the military and what it means to us.”
While at Buckeye Boys State Schaublin was a member of the Federalist Party. He ran for a seat as a judge, lost the election, and became a Clerk of Courts for DeWeese County.
“The highlight of Boys State for me was when Governor Kasich spoke at one of our nightly assemblies,” Schaublin said. “He spoke about how to live life to the fullest and do what you can to change the world as much as you possibly can.”
At Westerville North Schaublin participates in football, track, lacrosse, mock trial and is a class officer. He said he is interested in attending either Bowling Green State University or The Ohio State University.”
The Ohio American Legion has sponsored Buckeye Boys State since 1936. Each year 1,200 boys from around the State of Ohio attended Buckeye Boys State.
Buckeye Girls State and Buckeye Boys State application forms are available in the Big Walnut High School guidance office during December and January. Post 457 looks for students who are active; they don’t necessarily have to be high grade point average students, but students who are involved in their education and participate in extracurricular activities and outside organizations.
For additional information about Buckeye Boys State go to < ohiobuckeyeboysstate.org >; for additional information about Sunbury’s Col. Benson W. Hough American Legion Post 457 go to < americanlegionsunbury.com >.