Pictured are (from left) Rebekah Small; Savana Jones; June Campbell, ALA Unit 121 Girls State chair; Katie King; Bailey Allison; and Ashlynn Sorrells.

Lorena ISD photo

Five outstanding students from Lorena High School have been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Deptartment of Texas Bluebonnet Girls State on June 12-18.

Bailey Allison, Savana Jones, Katie King, Rebekah Small and Ashlynn Sorrells were selected for their outstanding scholarship, leadership, volunteerism and character as demonstrated in their classwork, school organizations and community.

They are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary James A. Edmond Unit 121 of Waco/Elm Mott and funded by donations from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 121, Lorena ISD, W.A. Virnau & Sons/Sealy Tractor and BCC General Contractor of Belton.

Five hundred girls in Texas are selected each year to participate in the annual Girls State event held at Texas Lutheran University and the State Capitol in Austin in June. Girls State provides an opportunity for superior high school women who have completed their junior year to experience the “nitty-gritty” of state government processes — the chance to live outside the textbook.

As American Legion Auxiliary Girls State “citizens,” they campaign for political office, craft and debate the passage of legislation, and meet with their real-life counterparts in Austin.

Since 1937, more than 1 million young women have attended Girls State.

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Lorena ISD photo

Pictured are (from left) Rebekah Small; Savana Jones; June Campbell, ALA Unit 121 Girls State chair; Katie King; Bailey Allison; and Ashlynn Sorrells.