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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 Claryssa Borja and Aubrey Johnson of Greenway High School.

Each summer, approximately 20,000 young women participate in week-long ALA Girls State programs across the nation. In Arizona, the program was held June 7-13 at the University of Arizona. The program is a week-long 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. The two young ladies will visit the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 75 during its September meeting to share their experiences at Girls State with the members.

 

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