Bedford students attend Girls State
Kayla Moreno, Bailey Nixon and Kate Shooshan, students at Bedford High, recently attended Granite Girls State, a program conducted by the American Legion Auxiliary. They were joined by high school juniors from around New Hampshire to establish a mythical fifty-first state – Girls State. The goal of Girls State is to have the participants become well educated in the American way of government, to apply what they learned and to establish friendships that will last well beyond the week of Girls State.
The students were assigned to a city or a town, and to one of two political parties (Federalist and Nationalist). Following instructions by staff and guest speakers, the students established their local governments, worked within their political parties, and ultimately established their state government. The delegates established party platforms, campaigned for office, held elections, and exercised the duties of the offices they held. All of which are closely modeled on the governmental process here in New Hampshire. During the course of the week, Moreno was elected mayor of her city, Nixon was elected to the Senate, and Shooshan was elected as a Selectwoman of her town and to the Governor’s Council.
At the conclusion of each Girls State across the nation, two girls are selected to attend Girls Nation, where they become ‘senators’ and spend a week in Washington, D.C. There they participate in programs designed to further enhance their knowledge of our national government. They meet with leaders from all three branches of government, including office calls with members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation. One of the highlights of the week includes a visit to the White House, where in most years they are greeted by the President of the United States.
This year one of the two ‘senators’ from new Hampshire will be Shooshan. Additionally, two alternates for this honor are also selected and would attend if one of the two selectees is unable to make the trip. Moreno was named as first alternate this year.
All three young ladies were sponsored by the Stevens-Buswell Post 54 and its Auxiliary.
For more information on the American Legion and its programs, visit post54nh. org. Information can also be requested by email at email@example.com, or by calling John Graham at 472-4637.