Thursday, September 17, 2009

Exeter American Legion Auxuilary Girls State Representative Speaks at Meeting

Members of the Exeter American Legion Auxiliary met Monday evening with Exeter-Milligan senior Ana Androyna reporting on her experiences at Nebraska Girls State.

One of 420 girls at the summer program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Ana started her report by thanking the members of the Exeter Auxiliary, "It was one of the best weeks of my life."

The group is split into two parties with Ana becoming a member of the Nationalist party. She chose to do a service learning project during the week, working at the Lincoln Children's Museum.

With speakers and programs every evening Ana reported about some of the opportunities she learned about. The girls had speakers from the Nebraska National Guard and learned about the struggles of women in the service.

The Cornhusker Girls State program also joined with the boys counterpart and heard from Govenor Dave Heineman.

Each girl can run for office and Ana made a run for city school board but after her loss there became a district court bailiff. She had the opportunity to meet a lot of the judges and learn from them about how the court system works.

There were lots of fun activities for the participants including a Saltdogs game, a tour of the National Guard Armory and several joint sessions including a barbecue with the boys state group. "There's a lot of walking, too," according to Annette Gloystein, Exeter American Legion Auxiliary president and a counselor at the week-long event.

When asked by Auxiliary members if she would recommend the experience to others Ana was emphatic, "I definitely would encourage anyone to go. I walked away with a lot of friends and I learned so much about government."

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