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Twelve young ladies from six Hays County high schools will be participating in the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State June 17 – 24 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, thanks to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144 and participating individual, corporate and organization sponsors.

Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county and state governments. They elect their own officials. They learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. They introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature. The program concludes with a visit to the State Capitol building in Austin where the girls are given an opportunity to sight-see and meet state officials.

San Marcos High School’s 2008 Girls State delegates and their sponsors are Ashley Calzada, sponsored by San Marcos High School; Aimee Garcia, sponsored by CenturyTel; and Pam House, sponsored by Frost Bank. Alternate for the San Marcos delegation is Rebecca Pompa.

Delegates from the Jack C. Hays CISD are Hays High School juniors Tamara Crockett, sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement, and Catherine Jones, sponsored by San Marcos attorney Tom Garner, and Lehman High School juniors Rachel Roca of San Marcos, sponsored by Beth Nelson, Martha Nelson, Amber Schwartz and Theresa Schwartz, and Naomi Arredondo of Kyle, sponsored by Dripping Springs American Legion Post 290. The alternate for Hays High School is Amanda Sandoval.

The Wimberley High School delegate is Jennifer Cloudt of Stonewall, sponsored by Ingram Ready Mix, while the Dripping Springs High School delegate is Sarah Jennings of Austin, sponsored by the Dripping Springs Breakfast Lions Club. From the Katherine Anne Porter High School in Wimberley are delegates Paloma Bermudez of Canyon Lake, Grey Gibson of Dripping Springs and Amber Harmon of San Marcos, all sponsored by the Wimberley Lions Club.

Girls State participants’ emersion into the governing process starts immediately upon their arrival in Seguin. Each student – always referred to as “citizens” during the session – are assigned to a political party, county and a city at registration. Two citizens from Bluebonnet State will be chosen to represent Texas at Girls Nation later in the summer. The basic purpose of the national American Legion Auxiliary program is to educate the young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

Young women sent to Girls State by San Marcos Unit 144 – particularly those from the Hays Consolidated Independent School District – have a remarkable record of success in their participations efforts, says unit Girls State Chair Margie Villalpando.

In 2004, Chelsea Bordovsky of Kyle, then a student at Jack C. Hays High School, was elected governor of Bluebonnet Girls State. After failing to get her party’s state officer nomination, Bordovsky won more than 85 percent of the vote as a write-in candidate.

At the time, Bordovsky was the second student sent by Unit 144 to be elected governor in five years. San Marcos High School student Lauren Rogers was elected governor in 2000. In 1998, Hays graduate Jennifer Hall was elected vice president of Girls Nation.

By PAT MURDOCK
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SAN MARCOS GIRLS STATE DELEGATES – Left to right are the three San Marcos High School delegates who are going to the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State Ashley Calzada, sponsored by San Marcos High School; Aimee Garcia, sponsored by CenturyTel; and Pam House, sponsored by Frost Bank. The three San Marcos high school juniors are among 12 young ladies from Hays County who are being sent to the government-in-action program by San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144.
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JACK C. HAYS HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS STATE DELEGATES – Left to right are the two Jack C. Hays High School delegates who are going to the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State Tamara Crockett, sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement, and Catherine Jones, sponsored by San Marcos attorney Tom Garner. The Hays High School juniors are among 12 young ladies from Hays County who are being sent to the government-in-action program by San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144.

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DRIPPING SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL junior Sarah Jennings of Austin (center), shown with her mom Sheila Jennings (left) and San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144’s Girls State Chairman Margie Villalpando will be attending the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State in June. Sarah is sponsored by the Dripping Springs Breakfast Lions Club. She is among 12 young ladies from Hays County who are being sent to the government-in-action program by San Marcos American Unit 144.

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WIMBERLEY AND KATHERINE ANNE PORTER HIGH SCHOOL DELEGATES – Here are four of the 12 Hays County high school juniors who will attend the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State, thanks to San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144. Pictured left to right are delegates Jennifer Cloudt of Stonewall, a student at Wimberley High School, sponsored by Ingram Ready Mix, and Katherine Anne Porter High School students Paloma Bermudez of Canyon Lake, Grey Gibson of Dripping Springs and Amber Harmon of San Marcos, all sponsored by the Wimberley Lions Club. The young ladies who attend high school in Wimberley are among 12 from Hays County who are being sent to the government-in-action program by San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144.

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HAYS COUNTY GIRLS STATE DELEGATES – Among the 12 high school juniors from six Hays County high schools who are being sent to the June 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State by San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144 are these young ladies. Left to right (standing) are Jennifer Cloudt, a student at Wimberley High School; Catherine Jones of Jack C. Hays High School; Paloma Bermudez and Grey Gibson of the Katherine Anne Porter High School in Wimberley; and Sarah Jennings, a student at Dripping Springs High School. Seated are San Marcos High School student Pam House; Tamara Crockett of Hays High School; and Amber Harmon, a Katherine Anne Porter High School student. Not pictured are Lehman High School delegates Naomi Arredondo and Rachel Roca and San Marcos High School students Ashley Calzada and Aimee Garcia.

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PROUD DAD – David Roca of San Marcos is proud of his daughter Rachel Roca, who was chosen as a Lehman High School delegate to the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State, scheduled on the Texas Lutheran University campus in Seguin in June. Rachel and Naomi Arredondo of Kyle (not pictured), both juniors at Lehman High School, are among the 12 students from six high schools in Hays County who are being sent to the government in action program by San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144, thanks to a host of individual, organization and corporate financial sponsors.

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