Scholarships open to area female high school junior


ARENAC COUNTY— The American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Day Unit #104 is now accepting candidate applications for the 2009 Girls State Scholarship.

According to Letty Simmet, Auxiliary President, the $300 scholarship is open to any high school female junior from Arenac County. Simmet says only one girl will receive the scholarship, however all applicants who still wish to participate can with possible aide from the auxiliary and with her own personal funds.

According to Simmet, the one-week, June program at Michigan State University is a program intended to educate young women about the political process.

“What this (Girls State) does is give an intense study of the process of elected officials from local to state government,” Simmet said. “It gives a general knowledge to how government is run.”?

Simmet says the program will allow girls to choose which branch of government they will study during their stay. She added, girls could then hold mock campaigns for public offices such as County Clerk or state Governor, hold public speeches and participate in caucuses.

Girls State not only teaches girls about the political process, but Simmet says it’s an experience that will continue on with participants well after high school graduation.

“It makes them more secure with themselves,” Simmet said. She added the interaction with more than 450 other participants helps the girls gain social confidence to help them in college, future professional relationships and potential career interviews.

For further information, contact Simmet prior to Jan. 9 at 989-714-3372.


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