Empire Girls State bound

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Congratulations to this year’s Empire Girls State 2018 delegate, Victoria Schultz (left). This year’s alternate is Caitlin Samargian (right). The Gowanda Central School District has been selected to participate in the 2018 session of the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State Program. The Gowanda American Legion Auxiliary Unit 409 is the sponsor for this year’s Girls State Citizen. Only 360 students are chosen from high schools across New York State. To be eligible for selection, each student must have outstanding qualities of leadership, character, honesty, scholarship, cooperation and maturity. Students must be interested in the program and willing to participate in all phases of the program including flag ceremonies. Victoria will be traveling to The College at Brockport to participate in a week long program. The Girls State Citizens will build the government of a mythical 51st state, from the local level up to the state level. Girls will participate in campaigns, rallies, speeches, platform and various legislative committees, and create bills. Students will come as strangers and leave as friends, confident of their role and duties as citizens in a democratic society.