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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 23, 2014

Student heads to Girls State

Jun 17, 2013
Jessica Schoonover

Jessica Schoonover of Washington has been chosen by Unit No. 29 of Washington to attend the annual session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State June 16-21, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. She is the daughter of Eric and Diana Schoonover.

She is one of approximately 300 young women attending Iowa Girls State. They have completed their junior year in high school and will study city, county and state government processes. Iowa Girls State citizens set up their own city, county and state governments and administer them according to the laws of Iowa. The girls also participate in legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting along with learning deeper knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

In addition to their political activities, the girls hear several motivational speakers along with local and state government officials.

The culmination of the week on Friday evening is the inauguration of the newly elected state officials. The inauguration takes place at Stephens Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

Schoonover attends Washington High School. She is in the marching and concert bands, FFA and 4-H.

She was chosen to attend Iowa Girls State on the basis of interest, leadership and scholastic qualities.

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