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May 12th, 2010
Eleven area students will go to Blue Bonnet State


The San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144 has selected eleven young women from five Hays County high schools to represent the area at the 2010 session of Blue Bonnet Girls state. The event will take place June 13-19 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

The participants will be among the approximately 500 girls to attend the American Legion Auxiliary government-in-action program. All of the students have just completed their junior year of high school.

Representing San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144 are San Marcos High School students Victoria Almanzar (sponsored by Frost Bank), Amber Brown (sponsored by CenturyLink) and Brittany Howard (sponsored by San Marcos attorney Tom Garner).

Jack C. Hays High School delegates are Brooke Noble (sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement), and Emily Ybarbo (sponsored by Ingram Readymix).

Lehman High School delegates are Jessica Cantu (sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Fred Day and Girls State alumni Grace Baen and Tess Allen), and Abigail Martin (sponsored by Seton Medical Center Hays, Mr. and Mrs. James Stuart and Girls State alumnae Mariel R. Swinney).

The delegates from Dripping Springs are Michelle Pan (sponsored by the Dripping Springs Lions Club), and Rachel Shifflet (sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement).

The Wimberley High School delegate is Conleigh Byers, and the Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley delegate is Chaley Esensee. They are both sponsored by the Wimberley Lions Club.

“We are fortunate that we have identified so many businesses, organizations and individuals who recognize the benefits of this program,”  said Margie Villalpando, Unit 144’s Girls State Chairman. “Since we have so many high schools to serve, we are extremely indebted to our sponsors.  We also applaud the high school counselors who coordinate the identification of some of our schools’ best and brightest to send to Girls State.”

Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county and state governments. As they elect their own officials, they learn the duties of various city, county and state offices.

At the program’s conclusion, the participants visit the state capitol building in Austin, where they do a little sight-seeing and meet state officials.

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