Manar Girl Scouts 05052017Members of Girl Scout Troop 6288 in Springfield joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) for Girl Scout Day at the Capitol.

The girls were among an estimated 1,700 scouts from throughout Illinois who marched to the Capitol on May 5 and met with their state legislators.

The Troop 6288 scouts who met with Manar included (pictured from left to right): Elizabeth Friedrich, daughter of Wendy Friedrich; Anastasia McFarland, daughter of Scott McFarland; and Brookelyn Wright, daughter of Katrina Ralston.

Girl Scout Day at the Capitol takes place the first Friday of May and has been annual occurrence in Springfield since 2004. The day is meant to offer Girl Scouts an opportunity to see state government in action, learn how to become active citizens and experience what it’s like to advocate for a cause or an organization.

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Manar Dubois Students OAV 50022017Students from Dubois Elementary School in Springfield joined Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) for a tour of the Illinois Capitol and meetings with local lawmakers as part of the Our American Voice Summit this month.

Their May 2 visit was the culmination of a year-long program in civic engagement. They joined students from 15 other Illinois schools for the summit, now in its ninth year.

Our American Voice is a leadership program from students in elementary through high school. Through the program, students learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. Participants identify an issue in their school or neighborhood and work to solve the problem through a civics exercise.

The Dubois students chose to develop a school peer tutoring program, which they presented to Senator Manar.

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SPRINGFIELD – At 17, Ryan Poggenpohl understands the importance of giving back to his community and leads by example.

03012017CM0233PoggenpohlThe Lincolnwood High School junior lives in Raymond, a Montgomery County town of about 990 residents. He’s the class secretary, on the cross country and basketball teams, a member of the FFA and a National Honor Society inductee.

Among his proudest affiliations is with the Lincolnwood Community Service Organization, a service-centered student group that organizes volunteer opportunities in this close-knit community.

“We organize local events. We help give food to the local food pantry. We help with blood drives. We just do anything we can to help make community life better,” said Poggenpohl, for whom leadership and service to others are guiding principles.

He also is treasurer and an active member of a junior firefighters group, assisting rural volunteer firefighters from behind the frontlines and learning about the importance of fire service.

“We just do it to help get us exposed to what fire department life is like and how we can better our leadership skills with on-the-job training, although we’re not involved at all with the actual calls,” he said, noting that his father is a volunteer firefighter. “We’re just there to observe and help the firefighters in whatever way we can.”

Poggenpohl joined Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) on March 1 at the Illinois Capitol for Manar’s Senator for the Day program. High school students in the 48th Senate District can accompany Manar for a day of legislative hearings, floor action and other activities, giving them a unique opportunity to see Illinois government in action, meet state leaders and learn more about what happens under the dome.

“Our goal this year is to have students from every high school in the district visit Springfield and spend a day with me. That’s important to me,” Manar said. “About 25 years ago, State Senator Vince Demuzio invited me to spend a day with him in the state Capitol, and that set me on a track that, I would argue, helped get me here today.”

When Poggenpohl graduates high school he plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He hopes to study engineering or history and to make a career of the military. After that, he said, he may get involved in politics.

“I’ve just always had a desire to serve my country,” he said. “I believe the Navy would make me the man I want to be and give me the experiences I need to help me to excel in life.”

Poggenpohl is the son of Allen and Rebecca Poggenpohl. His sister, Hanna, is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana.

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Bunker Hill Photos JoinedBUNKER HILL – The achievements of state champion athletes from Wolf Ridge Junior High are featured on a pair of new highway signs at the main entrances to town.

The green signs acknowledge John Mize III, 2016 IESA Class A seventh-grade boys high jump state champion, and the IESA Class A eighth-grade boys state champion 4x100 relay team. Members of the relay team are Trent Bertelsmann, Levi Chance, Corey Hall and Josh Schuette.

The student athletes were coached by Sara Burnet and Moriah Meisenheimer.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) requested the signs from the Illinois Department of Transportation on behalf of school officials. Workers installed them Dec. 14 on Illinois 159 near the northern and southern city limits.

The signs will remain in place for one year.

(Pictured in relay team photo are Bertelsmann, Chance and Hall.)

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