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TWIN FALLS •The 69th Annual Session of the American Legion Auxiliary Idaho Syringa Girls State will be held at the Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, June 14 through June 19th, 2015. Girls State is first and foremost an exercise in citizenship and leadership. Each delegate will be actively involved in creating a city, county and state government. The delegates will be grouped into nine cities. Each city will be responsible for making its own laws, electing officials and carrying out its governance. In addition, the nine cities will group together and form a state government and then vote as a state on who will lead them.

Ashley Paige Woods, 16 year old daughter of Brenda and Jim Woods of Kimberly, will represent Kimberly High School. Ashley is the Debate Captain and a member of Future Farmers of America, Key Club, National Honor Society, Golf Team and 4-H Club. She has served as Freshman Class Vice-President and Vice-President of her Dairy 4-H Club. Ashley’s financial contributor is the Grace Smith Keveren Foundation.

Also representing Kimberly High School is Alexis Powell, 16 year old daughter of Darin and Ruth Powell of Kimberly. Alexis is a member of the National Honor Society and Cross-country Team. She likes to snow ski, hike and wakeboard. Alexis has worked selling fireworks and also at fast food restaurants. Alexis’s financial contributor is the Grace Smith Keveren Foundation.

Janessa Tolman, seventeen year old daughter of Jake and Sara Tolman of Kimberly, will also represent Kimberly High School. Janessa is a member of Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America and served as Speech and Debate Captain. She has played on the golf team for three years. Janessa has had several roles in JUMP productions. The Grace Smith Keveren Foundation is Janessa’s financial contributor.

Hansen High School’s Girls State Delegate is Jody Ratto, daughter of Joe and Julie Ratto of Hansen. Jody serves as vice-president of the Junior Class and has collected items for Valley House. Jody has volunteered for the Adopt-a-Highway and filled over 600 school bags for East End providers.

Murtaugh High School is represented by Rachel Benites, daughter of Magdaleno and Emma Benites of Murtaugh. Rachel is the Future Farmers of America Historian and also the Business Professionals of America Historian. She is a member of National Honor Society. Rachel also plays volleyball, softball, basketball, and runs track.

Delegates from Filer High are Bianca Flores, daughter of Stephen and Mickey Glauner; Abby Bitzenburg, daughter of Jim and Cindy Bitzenburg; and Sydney Kulhanek, daughter of Krista Federer and Eric Kulhanek. Shelby Wiggs, daughter of Mike and Diana Wiggs, was selected as an alternate.

Delegates from Buhl High are Gabriella Eyre, daughter of Daniel and Laurie Eyre; Kortni Gier, daughter of Kari Gier; and Molly Tinajero, daughter of Denise Price.

The Eden American Legion Auxiliary recently selected two delegates from Valley High School to attend Girls State on June 14-19 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

Sonya Garrett is the daughter of Dale and Becky Garrett of Hazelton. She is active in volleyball, track and FCCLA. She is vice president of her class and is active in her church youth group.

Jane Hall is the daughter of Gene and Sarah Brown of Hazelton. She is a junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 82 of Eden. She also plays trumpet in the band.

The 68th annual session of Idaho American Legion Auxiliary Syringa Girls State will be held June 14-19 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors Girls State and its members serve as chaperones and directors of the program. Over three hundred young women just completing their junior year of high school participate.

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