11 from Roane take part in ’11 Girls State

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Eleven Roane County rising high school seniors are among the 525 outstanding students who participated in the American Legion Auxiliary's 65th session of Volunteer Girls State.

This year’s session was May 29-June 4 on the campus of Lipscomb University.

Delegates to the program are selected from high schools across the state based on their academic and leadership potential.

This year’s representatives from Roane County included Kristen Kyker and Rachel Schwepfinger of Harriman High School; Madison Woody of Midway High School; Leigha Carter, Emily Haney and Alyson Pointer of Oliver Springs High School; Checovoia Foster and Elizabeth Vanlandingham of Roane County High School; and Kellie Mead, Alison Meadows and Whitney Stooksbury of Rockwood High School.

American Legion Auxiliary units, businesses, civic organizations and schools sponsor delegates to Girls State.

The week’s activities are focused on building strong, informed citizens.

Participants in Girls State are taught responsible citizenship, debate the issues that challenge the Tennessee General Assembly, and they establish their own city, county and state governments.

Other highlights in the week's schedule included speaker Gov. Bill Haslam and participation in the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students project, a Tennessee Supreme Court initiative that gave delegates an opportunity to hear the oral arguments for an actual Supreme Court case.

Additional favorite events include the Girls State Olympics, which showcases the athleticism of Girls State citizens and the inauguration of the 2011 Girls State governor.

American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State is recognized as one of the more outstanding Girls State programs in the nation.

The staff and counselors who design and administer the program are a volunteer group of Girls State alumnae who return each year from Tennessee and across the country to support the program.