TROY— More than 325 Alabama high school junior girls will call Troy University home June10-15, as Girls State convenes for its 70th anniversary session.
A mission of the American Legion Auxiliary, the program provides the opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on citizenship training program. This year’s event marks the 13th Girls State session to be held on the Troy Campus.
"Troy University and Girls State share the goal of developing the next generation of leaders for our state, nation and world," Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor, said. "Troy University believes in the ideals that Girls State represents, and we look forward to hosting the program again this year."
During their week in Troy, the delegates will organize cities, vote on officials, develop and pass legislation and hear from the state's real-life elected officials, said Lee Sellers, Girls State director in Alabama.
“This may be the best Girls State ever,” Sellers said. “We’ve lined up national and state leaders who will give these girls a thorough overview of what it means to be an active citizen. There’s no question in my mind that every delegate will be a different person when they depart - more self-confident, better versed on the issues and with over 300 new friends.”
The delegates will also travel to the State Capitol, meeting with Gov. Robert Bentley and conducting one of the assembly’s legislative sessions in the House and Senate chambers. Girls State elected officials will also meet with their state office counterparts.