May 20, 2013
 

USD, Farber Center ready for 67th South Dakota Girls State

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota will host the 67th American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, May 27 through June 1.
 

This is the 12th consecutive year that USD and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership will co-host Girls State as 438 high school junior girls from across the state, chosen by the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary, learn about civic participation. Girls experience government at the city, county and state levels. Delegates are assigned a mythical city, county and political party with an opportunity to run for office, campaign (for herself or others), vote and listen to several speakers. At the end of the week, girls attend state political conventions that culminate with the inauguration of the Girls State Governor at 8 p.m. on May 31 in Aalfs Auditorium with Beth Mayrose, 2011 Girls State Governor, providing the keynote address.

Guests for the week include government leaders such as U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Congresswoman Kristi Noem, R-S.D.; State Sen. Jean Hunhoff, State Sen. Angie Buhl, State Rep. Mike Stevens, Gov. Daugaard’s Chief of Staff Dustin Johnson; and Attorney General Marty Jackley. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will also host a state of South Dakota Q&A session at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 31 in Aalfs Auditorium.

Additional activities for the week include general assemblies, law and court procedure classes, talent auditions, invited speakers, campus tours, and various presentations and meetings. Local attorneys and judges will assist with the program’s judicial segment while the Clay County Sheriff’s Department oversees the law enforcement process, which involves a forensics investigation team of 14 Girls State participants. A college/career fair is Wednesday, May 29 in the North Complex concourse for military recruiters, and colleges and universities that offer Girls State scholarships to participants; and the Girls State Chorus, under the direction of Hannah Lambertz of Yankton, will perform a concert prior to inauguration on Friday, May 31.

Throughout the week, Girls State is supporting Volunteers of America, Dakotas Berakhah House. As a community service project, Girls State will collect monetary donations, toiletries, towels, single bed sheets, alarm clocks, shower curtains, gift cards, and household kitchen items for Berakhah House, a Veterans housing program located in Sioux Falls, S.D. Donations are also accepted by contacting Cheryl Hovorka, Girls State Director, at (605) 677-5702 or e-mail gstate@usd.edu.

For more information about Girls State, including a brief history and a list of activities and events, please visit orgs.usd.edu/girlstate/ or e-mail gstate@usd.edu.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.
 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Phillip Carter
The University of South Dakota
605-677-6258
phillip.carter@usd.edu
 
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