Local American Legion Post #558 selects high school seniors for Georgia Girls State

Published 4:29 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The C.B. Dowdell American Legion Post #558, Americus, recently selected three students to attend the Georgia Girls State at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. All three students are among the top ten scholars at Americus Sumter High School. The girls successfully held the offices of county commissioners and school board members while attending.
Girls State is a national program of the American Legion Auxiliary and is a course of instruction in, as well as a practical application of, the fundamental principles and procedures of city, county, and state government under the American system. A session, usually lasting five days, is conducted by each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with the top-ranking high school girls as citizens.
Under the guidance of skilled counselors and other staff members who are leading citizens, these girls learn and then practice through self-government, the duties, responsibilities, and privileges of American citizenship.
Georgia Girls State is sponsored, as it has been since 1945, by the American. Legion Auxiliary, Department of Georgia with local Auxiliary units and interested civic, fraternal, and patriotic organizations cooperating.