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Webber attends Girls State

Jul 11, 2014
PHOTO SUBMITTED From left, Mary Andersen, Makayla Kessel and Dakota Webber at American Legion Auxiliary Girls State held June 15-20 on the Iowa State University campus. Andersen served as director of Girls State this year. Kessel was a counselor for the city of Hinderman, and Webber was a Girls State citizen and elected to the House of Representatives.

Local student Dakota Webber, who will be a senior at Fairfield High School this fall, was selected by local Auxiliary Unit No. 47 to attend American Legion Auxiliary Girls State June 15-20 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

Webber studied local, county and state government in the 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 to office, 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 69th session of Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. It was first held in 1946 on the campus of Grandview College. This year’s event sponsored 250 citizens.

Webber was elected to the House of Representatives while at Girls State and served on the election committee during the inauguration ceremony.

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

The American Legion Auxiliary, which was founded in 1919, is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission to “serve veterans, the military and their families” is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and national headquarters.

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