Welcome 2011 Citizens

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Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county, and state governments. They elect their own officials. They learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. They introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature. The program concludes with a visit to the State Capitol building in Austin where the girls are given an opportunity to sight-see and meet state officials. The purpose of Girls State is to educate young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

The Girls State program is sponsored as a public service to the community, state and nation by the more than twenty thousand members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas. The administrative staff and counselors in charge of the program are well trained and experienced leaders of young women. They are women of high ideals who are recognized as being responsible persons in their respective communities. The girls are properly chaperoned. Counselors are in constant attendance. No girl is allowed to leave the grounds except on scheduled trips of the entire group.

The site of this year’s Girls State session is Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas. The program begins on Sunday, June 12 and ends Saturday, June 18, 2011. For more information about Girls State admission, please contact your high school,  local American Legion Auxiliary unit or  the ALA Department of Texas.

Girls State 2011 Dates Announced

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The site of this year’s Girls State session is Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas. The program begins on Sunday, June 12 and ends Saturday, June 18, 2011.

For more information about Girls State admission, please contact your local American Legion Auxiliary unit or the ALA Department of Texas.

2010 “Bluebonnet News” Available for Download

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The 2010 issue of “The Bluebonnet” is now available for download! Read about our elected officials, guest speakers, and more in our annual newsletter. Suitable for printing out and putting in scrapbooks. Spread the word–tell all your fellow citizens to download the ultimate Bluebonnet Girls State memento.

2010 Girls Nation, Outstanding Citizens

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Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Sandra Silea of Frisco (Plano 321) and Priyanka Patel of Houston (Houston 560) will represent Texas at Girls Nation in July. First alternate is Hannah Kennedy of Rockwall (Rockwall Post 117) and second alternate is Jackie Cheng of Houston (League City 554). Girls Nation “senators” meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for office, enact legislation and meet with Representatives and Senators.

Twelve citizens were chosen “Outstanding Citizens of 2010” by their peers. They are Michelle Geng (City A), Lindsey Dodgen (City B), Hannah Kennedy (City C), Brittni Howell (City D), Sandra Silea (City E), Alicia Geurin (City F), Anna Van Buskirk (City G), Brittany Lyons (City H), Chelsea Chiaghana (City I), Marki Hoyne (City J), Taylor Burner (City K), and Lauren Gainer (City L).

State Party Officers Elected

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Because the Girls State program is entirely non-partisan, citizens operate with mock political parties. They elect precinct, county and state party officials and write their own party platform. The National and Federal parties convened June 15, 2010 to pick their state party officials. State Federal Party officials are Chair Anna Van Buskirk, Vice-Chair Lyangela Gutierrez, House Whip Kristen Olsovsky, Senate Whip Ashley Poston. State National Party Officials are Chair Lauren Muenchow, Vice-Chair Sierrah Hofstetter, House Whip Sarah Corder, Senate Whip Emma Fullerton. For a complete list of party officials, including county and precinct chairwomen, please download the 2010 edition of The Bluebonnet, the official newsletter of the Bluebonnet Girls State program.