American Legion hosted reception for State delegates

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

Submitted Photo Pictured, from left, are Linda Smiley, senior counselor; Bronwyn Bigger, Mia Bowman, Cathy Mottel, Allison Dinkins, Shayvia Felder, Kiersten Lee, Allison Owings, Chelsea Newman and friend of Palmetto Girls State, Blake Hill. Not able to attend were Rachel Branum, Julia Spieker and Ashton DeRemigio.

American Legion Auxiliary Jesse C. Lynch Memorial Unit 71 met Sept. 3 and held a reception for delegates to Palmetto Girls State.

The delegates talked about their experiences and making friends from other schools. They sang some of the Girls State songs. Eight of the girls ran for city, county and congressional offices.

Unit 71, with help from the N.A. Optimist Club, American Legion Post 153, Chuck Smith, Blake Hill, Jo Jo Dolittle and Aiken County Veterans Council, sent eight girls from North Augusta High School and two girls from Midland Valley.

Bronwyn Bigger, Mia Bowman, Rachel Branum, Allison Dinkins, Kiersten Lee, Chelsea Newman, Allison Owings and Julia Spieker were from North Augusta. Ashton DeRemigio and Shayvia Felder were from Midland Valley.

Palmetto Girls State is a week of hands-on applications of government and citizenship. The delegates attending Palmetto Girls State participate in mock political activities at all levels of government by creating the mythical state of “Palmetto.”

Palmetto Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Carolina. As the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors Palmetto Girls State, the program emphasizes many of the tenets of the American Legion Auxiliary. Among these tenets, which are observed throughout the week, are the concepts of “God and Country” and respect for the American flag. These two concepts are discussed and practiced throughout the week of Girls State.

Delegates observe a morning devotional and attend and participate in daily vesper services, as well as show respect for the American and South Carolina flag.

The week of Palmetto Girls State is challenging, both physically and mentally, according to Unit 71.

For information regarding membership to American Legion Auxiliary, call Sylvia Napier at 803-279-3270.

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