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News Reports - 2015 ALA NM Girls State

Dana Thalmann
Pine City Reporter

Sunday, May 31Pine city residents arrived at the location after a long, dreary drive, but the enthusiasm remained high as we established a city cheer (and got some food into our stomachs). Campaign-ees were also established and now we’re preparing for much needed sleep. Tomorrow will be full of great opportunities; who will seize them? We’ll find out!

Dana Thalmann
Pine City Reporter

Monday, June 1 - Day Two: Twofold Tuesday!

Day two of Girls State was quite a success--well, except for a few minor setbacks like the unexpected appearence of a lightning storm--and we managed to elect all of our officials. The mayor (yours truly!) along with the other electorial positions worked toegetherto create a budget, nominate committee members, and do other government type things. We also voted to create city rules and punishments and VERY enthusiastically enforced these rules with other delegates that dared disobey them!

In addition to all of our city accomplishments, Pine City began to file and campaign for positions in both the upcoming county and state elections. We even singed up to participate in the talent show. The majority of the city is exceeding their limits by extending outward of individual comfort zones and going for the gold! There's a lot of potential here; it'll be interesting to see how this potential all plays out.

Reagan Pennypacker
Cedar City Reporter

Monday, June 1 - Today, Cedar City received excellent election results. We, as a city, were pleased to hear such a strong group of young leaders would be representing our town and upholding our city motto: Sapientia et universali ambitio, or Wisdom, Ambition, and Blessings. We have great confidence in our mayor’s efficiency and capabilities to command our town with grace and poise. Our four City Councilwomen, who will assist the mayor in the selection of appointment-based positions, Alexis Torres, Chief City Councilwoman, Autumn Pearson, Melanie Alderette, and Grace Hendricks, are excited to uphold the honor associated with this position. City Clerk, Mariyah Lucero is eager in completing her secretarial duties under Mayor Chabrielle. Mikayla Dawn Fuller, Cedar City’s Treasurer, is enthusiastic in completing the general budget for Cedar City this week. Last, but certainly not least, Municipal Judge, Taylor Torres is zealous to perform the duties necessary for her office.

The 65 girls currently attending ALA Girls State NM connected today over topics in relation to the continuing fight for female equality in American Society. All girls who participated in this open forum dictated their intellectual thoughts in a polite manner and all induced deep thought among all girls in attendance. During the presentation after lunch, we learned about the evolution of the American flag, what it symbolizes and the different folds’ meanings and representations. We learned about the symbolism of the poppies, introduced after World War 1 as a symbol of renewal. The videos watched and songs presented while the decorating of the Poppy Wreath commenced certainly brought tears to my eyes and I am sure many others shared those deep, patriotic feelings. Cedar City is certain that we will enjoy the next four days of our journey together and treasure each moment we share together.




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