During the week of June 19th, seniors-to-be Taylor Halvensleben and Liz Ortgiesen participated in the 73rd annual American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State Government and Leadership Conference. The girls were selected by Belleville High School's Leadership Committee, led by Sandy Walejko- the Gifted & Talented Coordinator. They were sponsored by American Legion Post 460, and the Belleville Community Club donated the fees for the conference. The 6-day conference was held at UW-Oshkosh. It develops leadership skills and educates the girls on the democratic government process by creating a 51st state that follows all of the laws of the state of Wisconsin. During this process, Taylor ran for city alderman and county supervisor seats. Liz ran for a city treasurer seat. The girls noted that the most memorable part of the experience was "meeting a whole bunch of new people."