Laramie County teen to represent Wyoming at American Legion Girls Nation in Washington, D.C.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - – Burns High School senior, Grace Steenbergen, was one of 100 young women selected to attend the 74th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session that took place July 25-31, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Steenbergen was selected to represent Wyoming as a “senator” at ALA Girls Nation by leaders of Wyoming Girls State.
ALA Girls Nation is a seven-day leadership conference that provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into how the federal government operates, instills a sense of pride in our country, and promotes youth civic engagement. Many participants of the program go on to establish careers in public service at the local, state, and national levels.
“Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation’s future leaders to learn about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” said Wendy Riggle, ALA Girls Nation Committee chairman. “When the girls return home, they are ready to be engaged citizens at all levels of government.”
Steenbergen is a Wyoming Congressional Award Gold Medal recipient, was awarded the 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program Scholarship and currently serves as President of the Burns High School FFA. Steenbergen said she was honored to represent Wyoming, Laramie County and Burns High School, at the national level.
“Representing our community at Girls Nation was truly an honor,” Steenbergen said. “I had the opportunity to meet so many young women, from across the country, who are planning careers in politics and are dedicated to community service and becoming great leaders.”
A key component of the ALA Girls Nation program involves mock senate sessions complete with caucuses and debating bills that range from personal to political interests. Campaigns are also held to elect party officials and an ALA Girls Nation president and vice president. Other activities on the agenda included a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a community service project, and a tour of the D.C. monuments.
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