CHEYENNE—Girls State delegates Mickayla VanNatter and Macy Mote got a hands-on education about serving in a public office last week when they attended the 77th session of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Wyoming Girls State held at Laramie Community College in Cheyenne. Both girls were sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary of the J. J. Webb Unit #95.
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,
es; 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.
Mickayla was elected to serve as the City Treasurer and Clerk of the Circuit Court for the imaginary Town of Cottonwood.
Macy was elected for the positions of Police Chief, Water Commissioner, Election Judge and Judge of the District Court for the City of Meadowlark.
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.