This past week I, along with 610 of Indiana's best and brightest young female students, got the opportunity to attend Hoosier Girl's State at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. This program was a great chance to learn about Indiana government while also having fun and making friends. I would highly encourage any junior to take part in either Boy's or Girl's State.
While at Hoosier Girl's State, I got to listen to many informative speeches as well as make some speeches of my own. I learned how to get elected in primaries, campaign, and vote in a general election. After elections, I got the privilege of serving as Assistant Secretary of the Senate at Hoosier Girl's State.
This means when a bill was passed through the Senate, I filled out all the paperwork and sent it to the Governor. This was a great way to learn the process of passing a bill in a hands on way. The whole Hoosier Girl's State process gave me a greater appreciation of politicians and the government.
Unfortunately this year, I was the only girl from Switzerland County to attend Hoosier Girl's State. If more girls signed up, Tri Kappa along with the American Legion Auxiliary would give them the opportunity to attend. Once again I encourage all juniors to look into this program. The first day they will tell you that there is no bond stronger than an Hoosier Girl's State bond and by the end of the week, you realize they are right. You make lifelong friends, earn useful knowledge, and give yourself numerous opportunities to stack your resume.
I would like to thank Darrell and Sharon Hansel and the American Legion Auxiliary for giving me this opportunity.