The Newcomerstown American Legion announces area participants in Boys State and Girls State, summer leadership and citizenship programs for high school juniors. 

This year’s participants are: 

Mia E. Cadle: I am a 17-year-old and I have attended Newcomerstown schools since I was a little girl. I am a member of the marching, and a club called Youth to Youth. This is an anti-substance abuse and prevention club for kids, by kids. I am also a member of the National Honor Society. In the future, I plan to attend Kent State University at the main campus, where I will major in international communication and minor in Chinese.

Isabella C. DeBoer: My name is Isabella DeBoer and I attend Newcomerstown High School. I have been a scholar award winner for three years and I am a volleyball letter award winner. I am a member of the Newcomerstown Concert Choir and Women’s Choir. I am involved with the theater program. I also participate in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and am the co-president of the Interact Club. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and spending time with my dogs. 

Blade Mitchell: Blade Mitchell, 17, the son of Cat Marlatt, of Newcomerstown and Jason Mitchell, of Cordova, Tennessee, attends Newcomerstown High School. He is involved in a number of activities and organizations including the NHS Marching Band, Drumline section leader, mixed chorus, men’s chorus, Film Club and theater. He has volunteered as a camp counselor, is a member of Student Council and is also a class officer. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies as well as creating them. In the future, Blade plans to attend college for film production as well as working hard to becoming successful in the film industry.

Hunter Garretson: My name is Hunter Garretson. I am the son of Beth and Trevor Garretson. I have a brother named Dylan and a sister named Sarah. In high school, I participate in band, choir, thespian crew, cross country, track and field, National Honor Society, Student Council, Interact Club and am a class officer. Some of my accomplishments include a 4.0 plus GPA, top 10 percent of my class, state runner-up in pole vault last year, state qualifier in the 300 hurdles and pole vault this year and a three-year letterman in band, choir, track, cross country and scholar. I have participated in a couple of leadership conferences including iBelieve and RYLA. My plans after high school are to go to college to major in engineering and participate in varsity track and field.