Young women and politics were celebrated with an annual tea hosted by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 24.
The auxiliary sponsored 10 girls from the Newberry County high schools at this past summer’s Palmetto Girls State at Presbyterian College in Clinton.
This was the 66th annual Girls State held for a week in June where rising seniors learned about government on a local and national level and gained leadership and public speaking skills.
That’s on top of being surrounded with girls from all over the state who are also interested in government and leadership.
At the tea, five girls called ahead and said that they could come and visit with the auxiliary ladies.
This year there were three from Mid-Carolina, one from Newberry Academy, three from Newberry High and three from Whitmire High.
The auxiliary ladies read through essays written by the girls after the guidance counselors chose the top girls from the junior class and selected 10.
The girls categorized by their school are Taylor Richardson, Ashlye Stroud, Chelsie Walling (Mid-Carolina), Charlotte Carulli (Newberry Academy), LeAnn Marlow, Nala Moon and Leeann Purcell (Newberry High), Haleigh Babb, Erynn Hatfield and Caroline Raines (Whitmire Community.)
The girls responded with enthusiasm when asked about their experience with Girls State.
Richardson said she was impressed with the overall dedication and work that she and the girls did while Marlow commented that the energy level was definitely high.
That energy level was needed when she said that a favorite memory was staying up until 2 a.m. to finish a project in which creativity and ingenuity was used.
Raines commented that she enjoyed being around like minded girls who really cared about the future and the issues that mattered.
While the auxiliary sponsored the event, they did have help from many sponsors who provided financial support because as Donna Lominack, Girls State chair, said, it took $300 to send each girl. The sponsors included area businesses and service organizations.