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Two Rising HCS Seniors Selected for American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

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22-May-2013 (SPHS) – Two rising seniors at Spain Park High School – Catherine Milling and Allison Hanby - have been selected to participate in American Legion Auxiliary [Alabama] Girls State, a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country.

Milling has served as Debate Team Captain, Spirit Chair of the Student Government Association, TNT Peer Helpers, Hoover Belles, American Heart Association Sweetheart Guild and Lakeside Baptist Church Youth Group. Milling was also selected for the 25th Annual Samford Governors School.

Hanby has been actively involved in the Spain Park High School Law Academy; has participated in the Council of National Affairs; Key Club; TNT Peer Helpers; National Honor Society; and varsity cheerleading.

Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works.

High school girls, who have completed their Junior year, spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at Auxiliary-sponsored Girls State programs in every state (with the exception of Hawaii). In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

Participants learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens.

Girls are eligible to attend Alabama Girls State if they meet the following criteria:

• They have completed their junior year in high school

• They are interested in government and current events

• They have high moral character

• They have strong leadership abilities

• They have an above average scholastic standing

Girls State Citizens are a diverse group who share a common desire to learn. From small towns to urban areas, the delegates' different backgrounds add spirit to the program.

One girl from each high school in the State of Alabama will be accepted as a citizen of Alabama Girls State. Schools with 1-300 students in their junior class may send one delegate to Girls Sate. Schools with 301 – 600 students in their junior class may send two delegates to Girls State. Schools where the junior class exceeds 601 may send three delegate to Girls State.

See more at http://www.alabamagirlsstate.org/


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