Samantha Tschirgi, Renee Gibney are headed to Girls State


Samantha Tschirgi, left, and Renee Gibney are looking forward to learning more about state government at Girls State.


Central students Samantha Tschirgi and Renee Gibney, both of Elkader, have been selected to participate in the Girls State program, which will be held on the Iowa State campus in Ames June 16 through June 23. 

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a non-partisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship. Since its in 1937, nearly 1 million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works.

According to Samantha, when the girls arrive at ISU, they will be assigned a floor in a dormitory that will be their “city” for the week.

Then we elect our mock mayors and city councils, pass city ordinances and work on a city project,” Samantha explained. “We are divided into political parties and campaign to get our parties’ candidates elected. By the end of the week, we elect county and state officials. On Friday, inauguration is held, which includes the closing of the final joint session of the House and Senate, the installation of the Governor and officials.”

Also on Friday, scholarships are awarded and the Girls Nation Senators are announced.

Both girls are anxious to attend Girls Week and grateful to be chosen for the experience. Samantha said she’s looking forward to learning more about the workings of local government and also to meeting new people.

Renee is equally excited: “I can’t wait to attend Iowa Girl’s State this summer and have the chance to learn first hand about our government. I am very thankful for this opportunity and am excited to share what I learn.” 


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