From June 27-July 3, Eastern hosted more than 180 high school juniors from around the state who participated in the Laurel Girls State program. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Laurel Girls State prepares young women for careers in government through citizenship and democracy.
Program officials focused on patriotism by involving students in all aspects of government. Students elected officials on a local and state level, who then, carried out the duties of their offices. Students also wrote bills and enacted legislation, and listened to presentations by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Attorney General George Jepsen. At graduation, every delegate was awarded a certificate of completion and given a signed copy of the book "Ella: A Biography of Governor Ella Grasso," written by Susan Bysiewicz, former Connecticut Secretary of State.
The Girls State program has provided students with hands-on citizenship experience and government participation for more than 65 years. Girls State officials hope the experience will result in lifelong participation in government.