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Local Girls State delegates elected to offices

CHEYENNE – Three Worland High School juniors selected as Girls State delegates attended the 77th session of American Legion Auxiliary Wyoming Girls State held on the campus of Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne on June 9-15.

Upon arrival to the program, delegates are assigned to “cities,” where they live during their residence at Girls State. During the program, which is operated in accordance with the basic laws of the State of Wyoming, delegates elect their own city, county and state officials and learn the duties of the various offices; introduce and pass their own bills in the Girls State legislature; make and enforce ordinances regulating their cities; and manage their own police force to administer justice.

Every student holds a definite, integral role in the functions of Girls State. The program invites guest speakers to include government officials, community leaders, military members and veterans who present their perspectives on processes and operations.

The delegates and the offices they were elected to during Girls State are as follows:

•Myra Deniz, Worland – City of Cottonwood and elected to and awarded: Police Chief; House Chaplain; County Coroner; Outstanding Federalist Delegate; Sheridan College scholarship winner

Julieanna Seidel, Worland – City of Bison and elected to and awarded: City Clerk; Nationalist Party Corporations Platform Committee Chairman; Senate Bill Status Clerk; Secretary of State; Casper College scholarship alternate.

Tatum Zimmerman, Worland – City of Antelope and elected to and awarded: Mayor; Federalist Party Leader; Senate Floor Leader; School Facilities Commission; Outstanding Antelope Delegate; Outstanding City Delegate

Girls State offers a myriad of opportunities to experience government first-hand as a citizen, as a voter, as a candidate, as an official, as a policy maker, and as a friend.

The Girls State program emphasizes the importance of government in modern life and educates young women in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American Citizenship. It awakens a sincere conviction that a well-informed, intelligent, participating citizenry is vital to protect and preserve our American institutions and our democracy. These goals are achieved by actual participation in a simulation of the political and governmental process.