Letters to the Editor
Aurora American Legion sponsors Girls State representatives
On 'Father's Sunday', registration began for Girls State, a week's "mock" governmental experience for high school juniors, initiated by American Legion Auxiliary.
Three of those girls learned about the opportunity when looking down the road toward graduation and collegiate opportunities. When these three returned on-line applications to Department of Oregon, American Legion Auxiliary, at Wilsonville, they could claim no sponsor! Emails were sent out to Oregon Auxiliary members who might want to sponsor a delegate, and that's when Aurora 110 took the bait!
Charlotte Marcum of Centennial High School, Gisela Espinosa of South Salem High School and McKenna Haines of Newberg High School were interviewed by Aurora Girls State co-chairs Tina Wheeler and MaryLou Burke, and voted by Auxiliary #110 for sponsorship. This is not the first year that high school juniors from North Marion have not applied to attend Girls State. During June of 2018, Ellie Stuart, then a junior at Sprague High School, Salem, was sponsored by the Aurora Unit and was elected "Governor", entitling her to preside over this week-long session of 2019.
Informing youth before graduation of the need to ally with conscientious governmental leadership, the National American Legion started a Boys State plan first which was then carried out for high school girls by the National American Legion Auxiliary. One former U.S. President attended Boys Nation as a 'senator' from his home state.
MaryLou Burke, PR Chair
Aurora Unit #110,
American Legion Auxiliary