OXFORD – Emma Hodge, an Oxford High School student, was one of 400 young women selected to attend the 79th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State session.
As part of the annual program, outstanding students are chosen from their local high schools to spend a week learning about the inner workings of state, local and county government. For the first time ever, the event was held virtually.
"I was chosen to be part of the ALA Girls State because of my strong leadership abilities and above average scholastic achievements," said Hodge.
According to the ALA, this premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of the government, promote youth civic engagement, instill a sense of pride in America, and empower the next generation of women leaders, providing them with a network that lasts a lifetime.
The program included workshops lead by a political instructor, presentations on women in leadership, activities that inspired patriotism and pride, as well as information on the American Legion Auxiliary.
“The ALA Girls State experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our state and while we couldn’t hold the program in person, our team worked hard to ensure that this cohort of High School Juniors get to learn some of the important principles of democracy and about the American Legion Auxiliary,” said American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Chairman Jennifer Farley.