Young high school rising seniors merged with the older generation of women.
The ladies were brought together because of Palmetto Girls State.
One by one the young ladies stood up to briefly recall a memorable moment from Girls State this past summer.
Comments ranged from “I learned about government” to “I met lots of new friends” to gaining confidence in public speaking.
The young ladies from across Newberry County were all selected by the Newberry Ladies Auxiliary to participate in the political and leadership event in June.
On Tuesday, the auxiliary invited the girls and their mothers to an afternoon social with homemade desserts.
After a devotion and an introduction by Jolene Lander of the auxiliary, the girls briefly shared their experiences and the auxiliary ladies thanked the girls for coming and furthermore for sharing what they learned.
Lander expressed her delight with the girls’ participation in such a rewarding conference.
Not all of the girls were able to attend as only seven of the 11 were in attendance.
The girls who did make it were Tyndell Mendenhall, Alana Pitts, Allison Chapman, Betsy Shull, Ashley Chaffee, Taylor Murphy and Hope Corley. Jessica Cole, Kaitlin Kunkle, Elizabeth Nichols and Mikaela Malpass were unable to attend.
Murphy said how she enjoyed meeting strong women in politics at Girls State while Chaffee said she was able to hold a session in senate, Girls State style, and that was a great experience.
Everyone agreed they met lots of new people, even if it was not at first and took a while to warm up.
Public speaking stood out for Corley and helped her to branch out. She knows this is something she will use again.
Overall, the young ladies expressed their thanks to the auxiliary members for choosing them to participate and the auxiliary members thanked the young ladies for participating in an educational, political and engaging opportunity.