By Tim Leeds
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit #11 announced the Havre delegates to Girls State this year.
Christy Franson, daughter of Jerry and Janie Franson and sponsored by The Havre Lions Club, is one of the delegates selected. The others are Erika Larson, daughter of Doug and Lorraine
Larson, who was sponsored by The American Association of University Women; Amber Maxwell, daughter of Ken and Betty Maxwell, who was sponsored by ALA Unit # 11, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter #14 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 497; Maureen Porter, daughter of Gary and Sally Porter, who was sponsored by The Havre Optimist Club.
These four were selected to attend the 2001 Session of the ALA Girls State at Carroll College in Helena June 2-8. Delegates at the session participate in an active mock government, conducting government business ranging from election of officials to establishing local and state governments.
The program is open to high school junior girls.
The delegates to Girls State will have the opportunity to learn the ground rules about all aspects of government. They will campaign for office and, once elected, will campaign on the issues they want passed. In the elected offices they will learn what state and local officials have to do to govern, including the process to propose, campaign for and vote on bills in the legislature and ordinances on the local level.
The number of delegates allowed from each school is determined by the number of junior girls enrolled in the state.