Five Girls State delegates chosen

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Sharon Knight/Daily Mail Nevada High School juniors who will be attending Girls State this summer include, from left, Grace Reichard, Brooklyn Ryan, Maddison Gordon, Tayten Starlin and Jessica Decocq. Sharon Knight/Daily Mail

Five Nevada High School students have been selected to participate in Missouri Girls State, which will be held June 23 through 29 at the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg.

Local students include Jessica Heather Decocq, daughter of Gary and Helene Decocq; Maddison Renee Gordon, daughter of Staci Andersen and Phil Gordon; Grace Clana Reichard, daughter of Erlinda Reichard; Brooklyn Nicole Ryan, daughter of Doug and Joyce Ryan; and Tayten Paige Starlin daughter of Jamie and Aimee Starlin.

Established in 1940 as one of 11 Girls State programs in the nation, Missouri Girls State is a week of hands-on citizenship training for approximately 760 young women who have completed their junior year of high school.

Participants are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Nevada Rotary Club, and an unidentified donor, working with local high school educators who assist in evaluating potential leadership qualities of the citizens, according to a Rotary Club News Release.

The citizens of Girls State learn governmental procedures by actually creating a simulated state (electing public officials on local, county, and state levels) and making the government function, in one week's time.

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