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Most Wisconsin residents know that June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin. But June is also the month when more than 700 Wisconsin high school girls, who have just finished their junior year, gather together for a week forming a mythical state known as Badger Girls State. UW-Oshkosh hosted the 75th session of Badger Girls State June 17-22.

Sarah Zittel was this year’s Columbus High School representative. Zittel is the daughter of Cari Coyle and Bill Zittel. Zittel is keeping busy this summer, working at both Mullins Short Stop Inn and Lyco Manufacturing Company. Her high school activities include participating in softball and the dance team. She has been a student of Partners Dance Studio in Columbus since age 3.

Zittel said she loves volunteering, works with Special Olympics, and serves on the Youth Activation Committee for Wisconsin. She is very involved with Project Unify (or Unified Champion Schools), serving on the leadership team. Project Unify is a group for people with and without disabilities who focus on respecting, accepting, and including everyone for who they are.

Badger Girls State is conducted by the Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary. Girls who attend learn about city, county and state government procedures by conducting elections and business of those governmental bodies in a hands-on fictional setting.

This year’s support groups, the Columbus American Legion Auxiliary (Lange-Ostrander-Hurd Unit No. 62 post), and the Columbus Kiwanis Club, are happy to sponsor Zittel and proud to have her representing Columbus High School and the community at Badger Girls State 2018.