Girls to have firsthand experience in politics

By Janet Bresenham

Six Clovis High School girls will have a firsthand chance next week to learn more about their country and its government, as well as delve into the world of politics.
On Sunday, the students — who will be seniors next year — will travel to Socorro for a week to participate in Girls State, an annual program held in states across the nation for girls who show leadership potential.
Clovis resident Janet Romero, who attended Girls State when she was in high school, said the event also offers an opportunity to meet other girls from around New Mexico, learn more about the political process and develop leadership skills.
“Each one of the girls from high school who has gone said they really enjoyed it and learned a lot,” said Romero, who now serves as president of the American Legion Post 25 Auxiliary, which sponsors the girls.
“Girls State is designed to teach the girls all about the government,” Romero said. “They hold elections and they learn all about how everything in politics is run. They also learn about the military, the Legislature, the President, and it teaches them about the meaning of the flag.”
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