The 2018 Cornhusker Girls State will be held from June 3 through June 9, 2018 on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus.
The Beatrice Legion Auxiliary post 27 is taking applications for the 2018 Cornhusker Girls State until Feb. 22. Applications may be obtained from Sarah Morris or Jennifer Prososki, high school guidance counselors at Beatrice High School.
The Girls State program is open to any girl in her junior year of high school. There is no cost for the participant. All fees are paid completely by the American Legion Auxiliary. At Girls State, the young women will learn how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for their rights as citizens.
Girls State offers training in the practical processes of good citizenship as practiced in a democratic society. Participants will study the local, county and state government processes by setting up their own miniature city, county and state governments. Then, they will administer them according to the laws of their particular state. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting. Participants will also receive special instructions in parliamentary procedure. They will hear from many interesting speakers and will get the chance to meet Pete Ricketts, the governor of the state of Nebraska.
Participants will interact with almost 400 girls their age from across the entire state. The friendships they will develop may stay with them when they come home and in the years to follow.
Anyone who has a daughter, granddaughter, niece or other relative or friend who is a junior girl at Beatrice High School is encouraged to have the student apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more information, call Verdella Vetrovsky at 402-223-2282 or 402-223-4041.