Delaney Hall recently took part in the 74th session of California Girls State held at Claremont McKenna College.
A Ripon resident, the Downey High (Modesto) junior was among an elite group of young women chosen from over 500 sponsored high schools in the state.
The program is part of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit, with the purpose of Girls State is teaching these young people how to become leaders at different levels of government.
Girls State is also designed to provide a keen appreciation of the privilege and individual responsibilities of American citizenship.
The Girls State program invited active participation of all girls in a “learning by involvement environment.”
Hall and others learned while setting up their own cities, counties and mythical state.
They ran for office, enacted city and county ordinances, prepared party platforms and passed legislation.
They performed all duties of elected officials.