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     The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, and Girls State chairpersons, Julie Hendrick, and Barbara Kanyuh, report Alexis Coleman, daughter of Nils Coleman, and Kim Schroeder; Celeste Haines, daughter of Mark and Sandra Haines have been selected as delegates to attend the 77th Session of Girls State to be held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan – June 18-24. The delegates are juniors at Menominee High School, and have met the selected criteria: Demonstrated above average scholastic achievement, keen interest in government, and current events, completion of junior year in high school, strong leadership abilities, good moral character, and a U. S. citizen. In addition, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit and Sons of American Legion Post 146, Chem Design, and Menominee Kiwanis Club are sponsoring the delegates to Girls State.

 

    The ALA Girls State program began in 1937, and is one of the most respected, and coveted experimental learning programs presented in the United States. The young women develop leadership, and become knowledgeable of the democratic process, and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

                                                                                                                                    Alexis on left and Celeste on right

 

    Each summer, approximately 16,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become mayors and county/state officials of their ALA Girls State.

 

   ALA Girls State is a spirited, government-in-action learning program, in which American Legion Auxiliary members guide young women to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom, democracy, and patriotic citizens.

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