The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 54 is pleased to announce that two local students are attending the 2016 session of Evergreen Girls State, June 12-18 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Soon to be seniors Kendall Smith and Jordyn Davidson both show great leadership qualities that they will have an opportunity to build upon at Evergreen Girls State.
Evergreen Girls State is a leadership program focusing on Americanism and government training sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Each summer, approximately 20,000 enthusiastic young women participate in Girls State sessions across the nation. There are approximately 300 young women who attend the Girls State in Washington each June.
After arriving at Girls State, the “citizens” are divided into two political parties to gain knowledge about the operation of a two-party system. The “citizens” study local, county and state government processes.
They do this by setting up their own miniature city, county and state governments. Then, they administer them according to the laws of their particular state. The “citizens” participate in these instructional political parties, and elections are held to fill city and state positions. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting. The citizens also receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure.
The Girls State participants will have the experience of living together as self-governing citizens with the privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship. This learning experience helps educate young women about their duties as United States citizens and encourages their participation in the democratic process.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 54 is proud that Kendall and Jordyn are representing our area at Evergreen Girls State. If you’d like to know more about Girls State or other programs the American Legion Auxiliary supports, please call Post No. 54 at 935-8464 for more information on meeting times.
-Submitted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit