The Ladies Auxiliary of Byron Cox American Legion Post 72 announced 13 delegates were chosen to represent Montgomery County and attended the annual session of Hoosier Girls State, which was held June 23-29 on the campus of Trine University at Angola.
This group of young women joined more than 400 others from across the state for this government program, which began in 1937 and is guided by the American Legion Auxiliary members. This is an in-action learning program to educate our leaders of tomorrow in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. This session of government and practical politics is non-partisan and non-political.
Citizens began their week-long adventure by registering to vote, where they received an assignment to a mythical political party which, at registration time, had no political organization or party beliefs/platforms — all established by the delegates within three days into the session.
Delegates also filed for an elected office on the city, county or state level. They then conducted their political campaigns complete with speeches and campaign materials. Once elected, delegates were sworn in and performed the duties as described for that position.
The following students, who just completed their junior year of high school, attended:
• Gracie Chapman, daughter of Jason and Sarah Chapman, was elected to vice precinct committeeman and county assessor. She also received the Good Citizen Award on Honors Day.
• Ellen Laffoon, daughter of William and Heather Laffoon, was elected county treasurer and was assigned to watch voters as they voted.
• Jessica Dittmer, daughter of Jim and Cheryl Dittmer, was elected senator.
• Mia Myers, daughter of Kyle and Maria Myers, was elected county coroner and was named Outstanding Girl for Cunningham City at Honors Day.
• Emma Tyler, daughter of Chad and Lisa Tyler, was elected senator.
• Delaney Gobel, daughter of Scott Gobel and Karen Ledgerwood, was elected city vice precinct committeeman and county council.
•Madison Fry, daughter of Jeremy and Jennifer Fry, was elected county vice chairman and state representative.
• Faith Galbert, daughter of Frank and Kara Galbert, was elected vice precinct committeeman, member of the House of Representative and reporter for her city.
• Jaden Azar, daughter of Roger and Erin Azar, was elected county vice chairman for her county.
• Sara Adams, daughter of Clay and Jill Adams, was elected the Federalist Party secretary.
• Sierra Hutchison, daughter of Michael Hutchison and Christina Long, also attended.
• Peyton Sinnet, daughter of Michael and Tiffany Sinnet, was elected precinct committeeman.
Auxiliary members are thankful for all the local donors who make it possible for these young women for the community to attend this fun-filled and hectic week of patriotism and citizenship at Hoosier Girls State.