El Dorado High School students interview for American Legion’s prestigious Girls State program

EDHS students.

Five Golden Hawks recently represented El Dorado High School at American Legion Post 277 to interview for the Girls State program. This includes Delegate Alexis Cruz as well as First Alternate Kaylyn Oh and Second Alternate Lucy Cavalluzzi. Teacher Erica Amann is responsible for recruiting and preparing the girls for this opportunity while teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi provides continued training through the school’s mock trial program.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States. The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

Each summer, approximately 16,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State. The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience, often held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within a dormitory-like setting. The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.

Best of luck, Golden Hawks!

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