Local students to American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

PRIEST RIVER – Brecon Bennett of Sandpoint and Emma Solomon of Priest River have been selected to attend American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Idaho, Syringa Girls State in June. As part of the premier ALA program, Solomon and Bennett will study local, county and state government processes during a week of nonpartisan political learning experience.

Bennett and Solomon were selected to attend ALA Idaho Syringa Girls State based on their scholarship, character and selection interviews by the Auxiliary Girls State Selection Panel. Selection criteria for the Girls State delegates included engagement in school and community activities, academic proficiency and leadership skills. The session will be a virtual session. The American Legion Post #147 in Priest River sponsors Brecon, and Solomon is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #155.

ALA Girls State attendees, known as “citizens,” receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure and organize themselves into two mock political parties. The young women then campaign, hold rallies, debate, and ultimately vote to elect city, county and state officials. Once elected to office, delegates are sworn in and perform their prescribed duties. Attendees not elected to office are given appointments and visit the offices of those elected to share their viewpoints as citizens.

Every spring, approximately 25,000 young women across the country are selected to attend ALA Girls State programs in their respective states. Two outstanding citizens from each of the 50 ALA Girls State programs are then chosen to represent their state as “senators” at ALA Girls Nation held in Washington, D.C. in July.

As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate, or join, contact Barbara Cooper at 208-448-4183.