Weidner selected to participate in Girls State

Genevieve Weidner of Dublin was selected by ConVal High School faculty to represent Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 New Hampshire at the 70th session of Granite Girls State. Weidner will join approximately 100 other students from communities throughout New Hampshire also selected to attend.

Granite Girls State is a mythical state patterned after the state of New Hampshire and follows state government procedure as closely as possible. It is a program of the American Legion Auxiliary and is for high school girls who have completed their junior year of high school.

They will learn first hand how the state of New Hampshire and their local town and city governments work. The girls will elect their own town, city, county and state officials and have a chance to act out a typical city, town and county meeting. They will receive knowledge of the two-party system, hold a caucus and primary elections, a convention rally and General Legislative sessions. They will have their own legislature where they introduce, debate and make their own bills.

Granite Girls State is being held at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, from June 22 through June 28. These young women will spend an intense week of study, working together as self-governing citizens. Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 of Peterborough assumes all expenses.

Two of the participating students will be selected to go to Washington, D.C., to represent New Hampshire at Girls Nation. They will be among 100 girls selected nation-wide to represent their state. While there, they will learn about the federal government, possible meet President Obama, and their senators and representatives from New Hampshire, and visit several of teh memorials including Arlington Cemetery.

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