Students from Bedford attend Granite Girls State

Phebe Romano, Jill Tokac and Nicole Earnshaw, 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 51st state – Girls State.

The goal of Girls State 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 or 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, Tokac and Earnshaw were elected to the governor’s council, while Ramano was elected to a position in the House.

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