Sydney Webb and Hannah Pickard were the 2019 Girls State recipients from the Walter Graham Rockton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 332. Also Pictured is Children and Youth leader from the Legion Sue Johnson, (Center). The ladies took on a weeklong journey of education while learning about differnt aspects of our Government. Both of these young ladies will be recognized at Hononegah High School’s Honors Night in May.

By Marianne Mueller
Hononegah High School seniors Sydney Webb and Hannah Pickard shared their experiences at Girls State with sponsors the Walter Graham American Legion Post 332 Ladies Auxiliary on Thursday evening, Oct. 17. Girls State is a weeklong leadership training that was held at Eastern IL. University in Charleston, Ill.
Each reflected on time spent. “We lived in the city and we each took on roles. I ran for Historian of our city,” Webb said. Additionally, we went to many meetings and assemblies, and listened to speakers at each. Some of the leaders at Girls State didn’t know anything about the American Legion or how the Government runs. We helped each other run for positions.”
Hannah Pickyard was next to reflecting on her time at Girls State. “We met everybody from the city, and by the time we were done we were all best friends; you really could see girls from all across the state of Illinois,” Pickyard said. “All of the speakers were really engaging and the whole experience was really incredible. I served as a Judge of Elections. The people that I met made this a very memorable experience! Thank you for sending us.”
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Vice President, Sandee Merten encouraged, “I hope to see more ladies serving in leadership roles in the government and to be a strong role models also in academic work.”
Webb and Pikyard were selected by teachers at Hononegah High School. There were three students who attended Girls State in the past year.
Every year the Walter Graham Post 332 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary sponsors and supports the mission of educating girls on many facets of our Government.
Participants called the experience well worth the time and really fun!

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