American Legion Auxiliary Unit 41 of Berryville will send four delegates to the 2012 Session of Virginia Girls State. Girls State will be held on June 17-23, 2012, at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia. The four delegates are Holland Robinson, Megan Allen, Kendal Jenkins, and Elizabeth Blight.
Emily Amos, Julia Shaffer, and Natalie Flagg were selected as alternates.
All of these young ladies will be seniors at Clarke County High School in September. They were selected by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 41based on leadership, character, scholarship, and service to their school and community. All expenses will be paid by Unit 41.
Since 1946, the American Legion Auxiliary, in cooperation with many civic clubs and school groups, has sponsored the Virginia Girls State. The executive, legislative, and judicial branches function to govern the cities, and the municipal governments regulate the activities of the citizens during this brief period.
The purpose of Virginia Girls State is to provide functional citizenship training for young women who are rising high school seniors. To afford them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens and to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship, in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government. Participants at Girls State are made aware of the civic responsibilities they must assume when they become adults.