Local delegates who are attending Keystone Girls State at Shippensburg University from June 24-30 were recognized at the "Girls State Tea," held Saturday, June 16 at the American Legion, Post 899 in Walnutport.
Attending Keystone Girls State are: Elizabeth Reichard, Lehighton High School, Unit 314 Lehighton; Morgan Ott, Lehighton High School, Unit 314 Lehighton; Barbara Martinez, East Stroudsburg High School, Unit 346; Sophia Conklin, East Pocono Mountain High School, Unit 922 Canadensis; Skylar Transue, East Pocono Mountain High School, Unit 922 Canadensis; Bianca Santiago, Pleasant Valley High School, Unit 927 Gilbert; Brianna Handwerk, Northern Lehigh High School, Unit 899 Walnutport; Nicole Strunk, Pocono Mountain West High School, Unit 413 Pocono Pines; Jamie Harron, Wilson High School, Unit 9 Easton and Alyssa Dachowicz, Jim Thorpe Area High School, sponsored by Unit 123 Lansford.
Keystone Girls State offers training in the practical process of self government and good citizenship as practiced in a democratic society.
Each June approximately 150 enthusiastic young women participate in Keystone Girls State (KGS) sessions at Shippensburg University.
While at KGS, the "citizens" study local, city, county, and state government processes. They do this by setting up their own miniature city, county and state governments and administer them according to the laws of the commonwealth.
The girls' participation in the event is sponsored by local American Legion Auxiliary units. These girls are sponsored by the "Four County Council" (Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton) units.