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Trinity student to represent ND at 74th American Legion Auxiliary

Brooklyn Berger, Dickinson, is one of 94 young women selected to attend the 74th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session July 24-31 in Washington, D.C. As part of the premier ALA program, two outstanding high school seniors are selected to represent their respective state as “senators” at ALA Girls Nation after participating in one of 47 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country.

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ALA Girls Nation connects participants with their peers from across the country, and leave Washington, D.C. with a deeper understanding of government, a renewed sense of patriotism and an appreciation for veterans. (Photo courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary)

“ALA Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation’s future leaders to learn about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” Wendy Riggle, ALA Girls Nation Committee chairman, said. “After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls return home ready to be engaged citizens at all levels of government.”

American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women. From July 24 through 31, participants receive a firsthand experience with practical insight into how the federal government works. More than 7,000 young women have participated in ALA Girls Nation since it was founded in 1947.

Two participants are chosen from each state after participating in their respective ALA Girls State programs. The young women are known as “senators,” and during the ALA Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., the girls participate in a mock legislature. They are responsible for submitting bills and resolutions, participating in senate sessions and electing officials such as president and vice president.

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Students from across the county participate in the annual American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session where they receive a firsthand experience with practical insight into how the federal government works. (Photo courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary)

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Participants leave ALA Girls Nation with leadership lessons for life and an understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. government, along with the rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizens. According to the American Legion, this seven-day experience has laid the foundation of thousands of bright futures in not only public service but other careers as well. Some notable industries include government, military, law, education and media.

ALA Girls Nation connects participants with their peers from across the country, allowing the young women a unique opportunity to spend time with others who share common interests and those who have different perspectives from their own. The girls leave Washington, D.C. with a deeper understanding of government, a renewed sense of patriotism and an appreciation for veterans.

While in D.C., the senators visit Capitol Hill and meet with their state senators and representatives, providing each girl an opportunity to discuss local issues and share bills they have written as part of ALA Girls Nation. The girls also participate in field trips to see the historical Washington monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, and the White House.

Participants leave ALA Girls Nation with leadership lessons for life and an understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. government, along with the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizens. This seven-day experience has laid the foundation of thousands of bright futures in not only public service, but other careers as well.

The ALA Girls State and ALA Girls Nation programs are privately funded and presented by members of the American Legion Auxiliary.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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