Randolph Resident Chosen To Attend Girls State Session

Caroline Meleen of Randolph is one of 360 young women selected to attend the 77th American Legion Auxiliary Girls State session in Brockport.

As part of the annual program, students are chosen from their local high schools to spend a week learning about the inner workings of state, local and county government.

The leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of the government, promote youth civic engagement, instill a sense of pride in America and empower the next generation of women leaders. A component of the Girls State program is the mock legislative sessions in which the girls write and debate bills. Campaigns are held to elect local officials and an ALA Girls State governor.

In addition to their government forums, the delegates hear guest speakers, learn various aspects of Americanism and learn about the sacrifices of the American military.

“The ALA Girls State experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our state,” said Lucille Mozzillo, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State chairman. “After attending ALA Girls State, the girls come back to their communities filled with patriotism and pride, having gained new leadership skills and built strong connections with the other girls.”