Northwest NEWS

June 24, 2002

Editorial

American Legion and Grange support Girls', Boys' State

Woodinville High School junior, McKenzie Smith was recently elected governor of Girls' State, a program sponsored by the Washington State American Legion Auxiliary. Girls are chosen from throughout the state to represent their schools. At Girls' State they learn how state, county and city governments are operated. They have elections of officers in all categories and present bills, lobby and carry on as if it were real government.
   McKenzie was elected governor for the ensuing year. In July there will be voting for two representatives to attend the national convention in Washington, D.C.
   There is the same convention and election of officers for Boys' State the following week after the girls.
   The Sammamish Valley Grange's provides financial help for a girl and boy from Woodinville High School to attend the conventions. In the fall the students are then invited to come to the Grange and tell of their experiences and what they learned.
   This very worthwhile program lets these young people learn what government is all about and helps them to be better informed voters. This local representation is sponsored by the Kirkland-Bellevue American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 99.
   Sammamish Valley Grange and also American Legion Auxiliary member Evelyn Kammerer and Everett American Legion member Juanita Berry were present at the installation of all officers and were given the honor of presenting the trophy to McKenzie.
   Helen McMahon, Woodinville