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Ladies Auxiliary sends two to Girls State

The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 75 in Sunnyslope once again sent two high school juniors, going into their senior year, to Girls State for one week.

American Legion Auxiliary Arizona Girls State is a nonpartisan, government-in-action learning program in which Auxiliary members guide young women to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom and democracy while teaching the young women responsible citizenship.

This year’s delegates sponsored by Post 75 were students Fallon Bowes and Alexis Friddle of Greenway High School.

Each summer, approximately 20,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. In Arizona, the program was held June 1-7 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within the dormitory.

Students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning as “Federalists” and “Nationalists” to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State.

Delegates to an ALA Girls State program are selected by American Legion Auxiliary units, which work with local high school educators to select young women demonstrating leadership qualities, a keen interest in government and current events, and high moral character.

Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly 1 million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works.

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