Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - From June 28-July 3, Eastern Connecticut State University will host more than 200 high school students from around the state who will participate 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 will focus on patriotism by involving students in all aspects of government, and by enhancing pride in America. Students will elect officials on a local and state level, who will then carry out the duties of their offices. In a mock setting, students will also write bills and enact legislation.
"We are delighted to host Girls State for the eighth year in a row," said Victoria Lorenzen, program facilitator in the Office of Institutional Advancement.
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.