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Rhododendron Girls State seeking applicants

Created on:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   4:27 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Mar 3, 2018   4:27 PM

The Dominion Post

Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the Rhododendron Girls State (RGS) has kicked off its recruitment period for girls all over the state.

The week-long event, held each June, gives nearly 400 rising high school senior girls the chance to learn how government works by establishing a mock government with party structure in non-partisan and non-political parties. Girls also learn about elections and inauguration.

RGS also offers girls seminars and encourages them to use their talents for things like writing in the Girls State newspaper, designing literature or performing in a talent show. RGS offers girls an experience that enables them to work together and ultimately form friendships that last a lifetime. More than 26,000 women have benefited from RGS training.

Each girl is sponsored by a community organization or business that pays their $250 registration fee. However, girls will be responsible for transportation, spending money, and a small contribution to a local community project.

Participants can be chosen to attend Girl’s Nation in Washington, D.C., where they can learn about the U.S. government. They can tour the capital and even meet the President. Also RGS offers the Samsung Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship offered to both Girls and Boys state participants. There is also potential for college credit.

Those who apply should have leadership potential, good character and interest in community participation and service.

Coordinator Helen Lindsay willing be meeting with interested junior girls at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Morgantown High School and at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at University High School.

Applications can be obtained from Anna Fleming (MHS), Bethany Underdonk (UHS), Christina Harper (CBHS), and Teresa Barnett (TCS.)

Applications must be completed and turned in by April 6.