At the September American Legion Auxiliary meeting, Girls State delegates, Lindsey Donnelly and Kelby Rewerts came and gave us a recap of their week at Girls State this past June.

The Iowa Girls State program is one of the premier programs by the American Legion Auxiliary. Started by a dream of four women back in the 1930s to teach young women about the political process. Girls State is a “learning by doing “ program, which takes the girls through the entire political process.

Lindsey Donnelly ran for district secretary and won her election. Then she was also appointed City Treasurer and to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. All the girls were asked to write an essay on what they learned at Girls State. Lindsey wrote hers on how losing was just as important as winning in the elections and received the Liness Littrell Merit Award for her essay.

Kelby Rewerts ran for senator and won her election and was also was appointed police chief of her city. Kelby said she had a fun experience learning how to speak in public better and knowledge about state government.

More than government happens at Girls State. The girls are taken on field trips to the Capitol, singing, patriotic ceremonies, the mock judicial court system, lasting friendships and at the end of the week, they have an Inaugural Ball which parents, family and friends may attend.

Delegates to Girls State are chosen by the first of each year by Nevada Auxiliary, which works closely with the Nevada school. So if you’re a junior this year and have an interest in government, current events, show leadership and have high moral character, please contact your high school counselor or any American Legion Auxiliary member.