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Cumming American Legion sending 13 to Girls State
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Thirteen women are set to travel to the 2017 Session of the American Legion Auxiliary Georgia Girls State on June 11-16 at Georgia Southern University. - photo by For the FCN

A group of 13 young women will soon pack their bags and travel to the 2017 Session of the American Legion Auxiliary Georgia Girls State on June 11-16 at Georgia Southern University.

The 78-year-old nationwide program is a week-long course on the American system of government, the election process and the function of city, state and national governments. Candidates for the program were rising seniors and “must be of good character, possess strong leadership skills and have above-average scholastic abilities.”

An orientation meeting was held earlier in May at the Cumming Library, where participants and their parents heard advice and answered questions from Hanna Kim and Esha Clements, both 2016 attendees.

Kim has been accepted to be a counselor at the 2017 session, becoming the first attendee previously sponsored by the Cumming Auxiliary to become a counselor.

Donations from the Sawnee EMC Foundation, American Proteins and Georgia Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America allowed the Cumming American Legion Auxiliary Post 307 to send these 13 participants, who represent all five Forsyth County public brick-and-mortar high schools and one parochial high school, to this year’s program.

They will join about 360 other young women from all over Georgia. Nationally the program is offered to about 20,000 participants.