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Two Lehighton teens attending Girl's State

  • Tanya DeCindio
    Tanya DeCindio
Published June 24. 2010 05:00PM

The American Legion Auxiliary, Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314, Lehighton, is sponsoring Tanya DeCindio of New Ringgold and Chey Davis of Lehighton to attend this week's 65th Session of Girl's State at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg.

DeCindio is the daughter of Deborah and Anthony DeCindio of New Ringgold. She attends Blue Mountain High School, where she is a varsity cheerleader and takes part in chorus and chorale ensemble and is a chorus officer. DeCindio is part of the Aletheia Club and Big Brothers and Sisters. She is member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars. She has earned awards for her volunteer and choral services. She is a Chrysalis board member and is active in the Emmaus Chrysalis Community. She is active in her church's Praise Band and youth group (Teens About God), and church choir. She is also a member of Extreme Impact, the American Legion Auxiliary and a local fire company auxiliary.

DeCindio plans to go on two mission trips after Girl's State one with Extreme Impact to Thailand, and the other with her youth group to Montana. A few years ago, Teens About God helped a family in Tennessee. She plans to be a youth minister after graduation.

Davis is the daughter of Gary and Traci Caprio of Lehighton. She attends Lehighton Area High School, where she is a Safe Student Ambassador and is involved with Red Cross, FCCLA, track and field, Books of Hope, is a tutor, and is also a member of the National Honor Society. She assists with the Feed a Neighbor and Angel Food Ministry at Zion United Church of Christ. After graduation she plans to be a pharmacist.

According to LaRue Fritz, a Unit 314 chairman of Girls State, Keystone Girl's State is a top notch program that offers valuable government and leadership training while affording an opportunity to form lasting friendship. About 200 girls from Pennsylvania attend. The girls are selected for their leadership abilities, character, good citizenship and scholarship.

Girls selected must be in their junior year of high school and must plan to return to high school for their senior year. The main objectives of the program is to educate young women as to the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

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