Katy Lyn Boardman was recently accepted into the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program for her demonstration of character, leadership and scholastic achievement.
Boardman is a student at Lyndon Academy in Holly Springs.
The program teaches participants about rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizens in a one-week intensive program. Students are divided into the Nationalist Party (“Nats”) and the Federalist Party (“Feds”), and the participants elect government officials including a mayor, governor, and state legislators.
The officials meet to propose and pass bills in a similar fashion to the national government. Both parties write bills, carry out motions and learn basic government procedures. The activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings and assemblies and of course there is time for presentations from various government officials and well-respected members of the community such as law enforcement and state senators.
Overall, the students in the program will become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how the republic form of government works at the state and national levels.
Boys and Girls State is among the most selective educational programs for high school students in the United States. First presented in 1937, the program has become one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.