ALA Girls State Selects Two From Whitman

Left to right: Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Lugovina, Rachel Vaughan, Ms. King, Brenda Mendez, Mr. Giordano, and Mr. O’Shea.
Left to right: Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Lugovina, Rachel Vaughan, Ms. King, Brenda Mendez, Mr. Giordano, and Mr. O’Shea.

Walt Whitman’s Chairperson of Guidance & Student Services, Ms. Leah C. Lugovina, had some great news to share recently. “We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Brenda Mendez and Rachel Vaughan who have been selected for the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State program that recognizes emerging young leaders throughout the nation,” said Ms. Lugovinia.  “These talented young women will serve as the face and voice of our school district at the Girls State Conference to be held in the summer of 2017.”

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1244 President Ms. Shannon King, Mr. Ed O’Shea, Mr. Charlie Armstrong and Mr. Carlo Giordano, all from the American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 presented Brenda Mendez with her ‘Citizen’ participation award, and Rachel Vaughan as an alternate in the event that Brenda is unable to participate in this summers’ weeklong program. Selection criteria include above-average scholastic achievement, strong leadership abilities, and high moral character.

American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. At ALA Girls State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised ‘citizen’. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

Congratulations Brenda and Rachel and thank you American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for this incredible opportunity and honor.