Badger Girls State
Last evening, I was honored to attend the Inauguration Ceremony at Badger Girls State. Badger Girls State is one of 49 different Girls State programs held across the country. The American Legion Auxiliary is responsible for the program, and each state’s Girls State event is sponsored by the corresponding American Legion Auxiliary Department.
The American Legion Auxiliary National Convention organized the program in 1937, and Badger Girls State kicked off in 1941. With the exception of 1943-1945, the program has been going ever since. Badger Girls State teaches young women important lessons about civics, patriotism, and leadership.
Not just anybody is eligible to attend Badger Girls State. The Auxiliary and local teachers work together to select the young ladies eligible to attend the program. Attendees must have achieved Junior status in High School, must have an interest in government, must place in the top half of their class academically, must be physically fit, must participate in extracurriculars, and must be of good general character.
These young ladies wake up at 6 AM every morning of the 6 day event in order to participate in all of the sessions. By the end of the program, the girls have created a “51st state” complete with functioning city, county, and state governments. The girls partcipate in elections, and on the 5th day of the program, are inaugurated.
I was happy to join Gov. Scott Walker, Sec. of State Doug LaFollette, and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson (attending for her 35th straight year!) in honoring the 2011 Badger Girls State constitutional officers.
Special congratulations to Sydney Stiener, 2011 Badger Girls State State Treasurer!