Mooresville and Monrovia both were represented at the 2017 Hoosier Girls State.
Attendees included Mooresville High School juniors Broghan Lea Reynolds, daughter of Angie and John Reynolds; Alayna Croley, daughter of James Croley and Sheila Rodriques; and Sydney Heitmann, daughter of Diana Heitmann. The Monrovia High School delegates were juniors Kayla Wilkerson, daughter of Chuck and Maria Waterbury; and Autumn Hodge, daughter of David and Misty Hodge.
The five girls were chosen by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 103 as delegates to attend the 76th annual session of Hoosier Girls State June 18 through 24 at Trine University in Angola. They joined roughly 480 other young women for the government program designed to educate future leaders in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The session of government and practical politics is non-partisan and non-political.
“Citizens” began their week-long adventure by registering to vote. Then they were assigned to a mythical political party at registration. The parties have no political party beliefs/platform. The delegates established all this within three days into the session.
Each delegate must file for an elected office on the city, county or state level. She then conducts her political campaign complete with speeches and campaign materials. Once elected to office, delegates are sworn in and perform the duties as described for that position. Non-elected delegates are given appointments and encouraged to visit the office of those elected to communicate their needs as citizens.
Each year, the American Legion Unit 103 sponsors girls to Hoosier Girls State. The American Legion Unit 103 made contributions to support one girl; Tri Kappa and Kappa Kappa Kappa: Inc. contributed to three. One delegate was sponsored by an outside organization.
For more information about Hoosier Girls State, contact the Mooresville American Legion 103 at 317-834-1173.