Congratulations to Junior McKenzie Williams on being selected for the American Legion Auxiliary’s Florida Girls State program this summer. McKenzie is one of only 300 Junior girls in the state selected to attend this summer, and the only student from West Volusia. Ms. Williams is an outstanding student at DeLand and is currently ranked in the top 20% of her class with a 3.8 GPA. She is in the International Baccalaureate program, a member of the Avant Garde dance team, and was selected to this year’s All-County Dance Team. McKenzie will join the other delegates from around the state this summer in Tallahassee at Florida State University to attend this year’s program.

While at Girls State: Political party assignments are made for the delegates. Those parties are: Nationalist and Federalist. Twelve staff members serve as Advisors to 25 delegates, comprising cities. The citizens of each city hold elections to select their city government. Two cities form a county out of which Senators, Representatives and Lobbyists are elected. The Nationalists and Federalists adopt party platforms, have pep rallies and hold nominations for state government.

Girls State’s is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and nonsectarian program that is aimed to provide citizenship training for young women completing their junior year of high school in the State of Florida; to afford them the opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens; and to inform them of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American Citizenship in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government. Florida Girls State was first held in 1947 and is currently attended by 300 young women who have the opportunity of experiencing our democratic form of government by assuming the roles of city and state officials or legislators. Through these experiences young women learn of the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship which distinguishes our form of government.