ALA Girls State Selects Two From Whitman

Left to right back: Mr. Jon Macaluso, Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Principal John Murphy, Mr. Carlo Giordano, and Mr. Ed O’Shea. Left to right front: Gabrielle Safian and Elena Davis.
Left to right back: Mr. Jon Macaluso, Mr. Charlie Armstrong, Principal John Murphy, Mr. Carlo Giordano, and Mr. Ed O’Shea. Left to right front: Gabrielle Safian and Elena Davis.

South Huntington’s Supervisor of Guidance K-12/CIO Jon Macaluso had some great news to share recently. “We are incredibly proud of Walt Whitman students Gabrielle Safian and Elena Davis who have been selected for the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State program that recognizes emerging young leaders throughout the nation,” said Mr. Macaluso.  “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 2018.”

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1244 Sgt. At Arms Mr. Charlie Armstrong, 2nd Vice Commander Mr. Carlo Giordano and Boys and Girls State Co-Chairman Mr. Ed O’Shea presented Gabrielle Safian with her ‘Citizen’ participation award and Elena Davis as an alternate in the event that Gabrielle is unable to participate in this summers’ week-long 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 Gabrielle and Elena and thank you American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 for this incredible opportunity and honor.