Girls State exciting – thanks!

Editor,
I am writing this letter to give thanks to the wonderful women of the American Legion Auxiliary. This past week they afforded me and several of my female classmates the opportunity to attend the ALA’s Hoosier Girls State at Trine University in Angola, Ind.
For those who don’t know, Hoosier Girls State is a program set up for high school students who have completed their junior year. ALA Hoosier Girls State is a program designed to educate young women of Indiana in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. It is a week of living and learning the political system of Indiana through a mythical city, county and state.
The young women chosen for this honor by an American Legion Auxiliary Unit are named as delegates to ALA Hoosier Girls State. When delegates arrive and register, they become citizens of ALA Hoosier Girls State and are assigned to one of the two political parties – Federalist and Nationalist. (This name change is necessary since citizens are elected as delegates for political party activities.) Citizens learn the political party structure and every citizen files and campaigns for an elective office. Once elected, they serve in that office.
I had an exciting and educational week, learning all I could about our governmental structure and even ran for State Senate and won. I was in the process of getting a bill passed but unfortunately ran out of time. It passed its initial two readings unanimously and was well on its way to becoming a law before our session ended.
I made a lot of really good friends and my experience was something I will never forget. None of this would have been possible without the help and hard work of the American Legion Auxiliary. So to all the awesome women of the ALA, thank you for all that you do and for sponsoring me and my classmates at Hoosier Girls State.

Sincerely yours,
Lucy Phelps
2018 Hoosier Girls State Delegate