LV High Girls attend Girls' State

LV High Girls attend Girls' State
Sunflower Girls' State logo Seven students from Leavenworth High School attended American Legion Auxiliary Girls’ State at the University of Kansas during the first week of June. Hope Hanlen, Gracie Mefford, Nikey Mellick, Olivia Miller, Carolann Perry, Chloe Snow, and Sarah Wagner all represented USD 453. 

Girls’ State provides rising senior girls the opportunity to actively participate in government and develop applicable leadership skills. The students attend the camp for six days and attended seminars focused on civic engagement, ran for elected office in a wide array of city, county, and state positions, and visited the Capitol in Topeka. They also learned to work and live with young women across Kansas whom they had never met. 

“By the end of the week we were all crying, because none of us wanted to leave,” Mefford said.

“I said to myself ‘I’m not going to run for a State position because I don’t think I can do it,’ Big mistake. Run for a state position. That’s what I say to anyone going to Girls’ State ever again,” Mefford said. “I want to come back now and tell every single Junior girl ‘You better go to Girls’ State, or I will find you and I will sign the paperwork for you.’"
Chloe Snow, Carolann Perry, Hope Hanlen, Sarah Wagner, Gracie Mefford, Olivia Miller, and Nikey Mellick all stand in front of the Kansas Capitol building

Chloe Snow, Carolann Perry, Hope Hanlen, Sarah Wagner, Gracie Mefford, Olivia Miller, and Nikey Mellick all stand in front of the Kansas Capitol building.