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What is ALA Girls State?
The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.
The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.
Each summer, approximately 16,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State. The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience, often held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within a dormitory-like setting. The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.
The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program:
- Develops leadership and pride in American citizens.
- Educates citizens about our system of government.
- Instills a greater understanding of American traditions.
- Stimulates a desire to maintain our democratic government processes within our republic.
2019 Maryland Girls State Interest
Contact the American Legion Post 223 Auxiliary for more details.
ELIGIBILITY: High school students who participate in and complete either an American Legion Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State program and is a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild or legally adopted child of a U. S. Veteran who served during a period of war. Furnish requested information when completing this application. Do not attach any documents or additional pages to this application, except as requested. All other documentation or added pages will be discarded.
City:_______________________________ State: _______________ Zip___________
Date of Birth - Month_____ Day ____ Year______
I am the (state relationship)____________ of (Veteran's Name) ____________________________
Veteran's Address (if living)________________City________________State______Zip___________
who served active duty during one or more of the following periods: (Check one)
(April 6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
(December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946) World War II
(June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955) Korean War
(February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
(August 24, 1982 - July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
(December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
(August 2, 1990 - Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
and Until Cessation of Hostilities.
High School Record: This section to be completed by a High School Official.
Number of Students in High School _________ Number of Students in Applicant's Class___________
Cummulative Grade Point Average (GPA)____ GPA scale is:_________ (i.e. 4 or 6 or 12 point, etc)
Expected Date of Graduation______________
Signature______________________________ Date _____________________________________
Print Name & Title
Affix School Stamp or Seal
(Print page and completed application)