Students attend Girls State
Sydney Hoffman of Washington and Meredith Lumberg of Washington have been chosen by Unit 29, Leon Beatty of Washington, to attend the annual session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State being held June 15-20, 2014, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. Sydney is the daughter of Dave and Shelley Hoffman. Meredith is the daughter of Scott and Tori Lumberg.
They are among more than 300 girls attending who have completed their junior year of high school. They will learn through a “hands-on” experience about the political system involved in the government of Iowa. Throughout the week they will be involved in campaigning for office; creating party platforms; holding city, county and state elections; and running their own cities. In addition to their political activities, the girls will hear several motivational speakers and several local and state government officials. The culmination of the week will be Friday evening, June 20, with the inauguration of the newly elected state officials. The inauguration program will be held at Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.
Sydney attends Washington High School. Her activities include: Volleyball, grades 9,10, 11, 12; basketball, 9,10, 11,12; track, 9,10; BPA, 10, 11, 12; Peer Helpers, 10, 11,12; SADD, 10, 11,12; Dance Marathon, 10, 11,12; student congress, 9, 10, 11; Girls State, 11th grade summer; Youth Salute; National Honor Society, 11, 12; and Optimist Club, 11.
Meredith is also a student at Washington High School. Her school activities include: National Honor Society president; Drama Club, Earthbook literary magazine secretary; student congress; SADD; football videographer; BPA, Silver Cord program; Dance Marathon Committee; soccer; basketball manager; and volleyball. Her non-school activities include: Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee; St. James Catholic Youth Group; mission trips; Preucil School of Music Orchestra; YMCA Swim Team; and violin lessons.
The girls were chosen to attend Girls State on the basis of interest, leadership, and scholastic qualities. Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and staffed by women who volunteer their time for this week of government at Girls State. Across the nation, more than 20,000 young women attend this program each summer, learning about the political process.