Four Bethel Park High School seniors were selected to participate in the Keystone State Boys and Girls Programs sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Participating in Keystone Boys State were Alex Brownfield, Ryan Ferris and John Gummo.
Participating in the Keystone Girls State was Lily Wilson, who was named the 2019 Outstanding Citizen of the Keystone Girls State Program.
Keystone State is a week-long summer experience held in June at Shippensburg University and organized by the American Legion to focus on civics, government, citizenship and leadership development.
At Keystone State, participants were organized into “cities” in the simulated “51st State of Keystone,” where they were tasked with responding to real-world challenges drawn from Pennsylvania and its cities. Participants ran for elected state and local offices and worked together to develop solutions to the challenging political, social and economic problems facing Pennsylvania.
The Bethel Park students expressed different reasons for wanting to participate in the program, including their interest in government, politics, law and leadership.