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Daugherty, others attend Girls State

Oct 06, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED From left are Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State participants from Fairfield: Young City Counselor Anuja Pharasi; Hinderman City Councelor Makayla Kessel; Girls State citizen Kristen Daugherty; Iowa Girls State Director Mary Andersen.

Fairfield High School senior Kristen Daugherty was selected by local Auxiliary Unit No. 47 to attend American Legion Auxiliary Girls State June 17-22 on the Drake University campus in Des Moines.

Daugherty studied local, county, and state government in this nonpartisan political learning experience. Girls State citizens receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure and organize themselves into two mock political parties. The young women then campaign, write party platforms, hold rallies, debate, and ultimately vote to elect city, county, and state officials. Once elected, citizens are sworn in and perform their respective duties.

Citizens not elected to office are given the opportunity to apply for appointments, voice their opinions in public meetings, and participate in various city, county, and state projects.

This was the 72nd session of Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. It was first held in 1946 on the Grandview College campus. This year’s event sponsored 253 citizens.

Daugherty was active throughout the week, serving on her party’s State Central Committee drafting platform, was city clerk of Hanson, and a state senator. She also was the recipient of one of the scholarships given at the final inauguration ceremony, a $1,000 award in memory of former Department President Dr. Jacqueline Hultquist.

Also attending from Fairfield this year, on staff, were Makayla Kessel, counselor for the city of Hinderman, Anuja Pharasi, counselor for the city of Young, and Mary Andersen, director of the program.

“Girls State was by far one of the best and most life-changing experiences I have ever had,” said Daugherty. “Girls State improved my leadership skills, public speaking skills, and my confidence. I not only learned about our government and how it works, but I also learned a lot about myself. I was able to become great friends with a lot of girls there and I will have these girls as friends for life. Girls State was such a wonderful opportunity ... Thank you, American Legion Auxiliary for giving me such a great opportunity and for creating a great experience for girls like me.”

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors both Girls State and Girls Nation. The auxiliary was founded in 1919, and is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. For information, contact local American Legion Auxiliary Unit President Linda Hendricks at 472-6188, Secretary Darlene Vorhies at 472-4449, or Andersen at 919-0752.


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