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 post54_nh@hotmail.com, or by calling John Graham at 472-4637.