(Sunday - Saturday, June 25 - July 1, 2017)

Seated left to right:  Phoebe Cornay Allen who attends Covington High School, Olivia Marie Armond who attends Fontainebleau High School, Emma Nicole Busby (Junior Auxiliary Member) who attends Covington High School, Isabella Belan Canas who attends Lakeshore High School, Adelaide Elaine Caplinger who attends Christ Episcopal School, Elise Leah Carter and Avery Marie Collins who attend Covington High School, Diana Catherine Craighead who attends Northlake Christian School and Olivia Rose Deffes who attends Archbishop Hannan High School.

Standing center:  Unit 16 Little Miss Poppy Madelyn Ogden.

Standing left to right:  Unit 16 Girls State Chairman Jane Duracher, Claire Marie DiCorte and Sarah Lynne Hazlett who attend Mandeville High School, Rebecca Anne Lucia who attends Covington High School, Morgan Elizabeth Marullo who attends Northlake Christian School, Olivia Lynn Maurer who attends Archbishop Hannan High School, Rebecca Camille Norton who attends Fontainebleau High School, Kennedy Layne Robert and Claire Lynette Schmitt who attend St. Scholastica Academy and Abigail Lynn Watson who attends Mandeville High School.


Julia James Elmer who attends Lakeshore High School.




Louisiana Girls State---the best in all the land!

Louisiana Girls State---by you we'll always stand.

From the broad Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore,

The girls of Louisiana will love you more and more.

Louisiana Girls State---let's sing our noble call!

Louisiana Girls State---all for one and one for all.

From the cold Canadian border to the flowing Rio Grande,

It's Louisiana Girls State, the best in all the land!




The American Legion Auxiliary believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government.  By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations.  These are the distinguished and long-standing objectives of American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

They are accomplished through a unique summertime program, one that emphasizes not classroom lectures or textbook learning, but participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with its governing bodies and elected public officials.

Girls State was founded, and its courses of instruction designed, to supplement the information taught in high school civics classes.  Girls State teaches that our form of government is good but that its preservation depends on intelligent, informed and loyal citizens in combination with an honest and impartial administration of government activities.

Young women chosen to be Girls State citizens can look forward to a wonderful and challenging experience.  All who attend can acquire a better understanding and deeper regard for our nation's legacy of freedom and democracy.

As a program of The American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government; that the individual is an integral part and commensurately responsible for the character and success of her government.  As such, it is an activity of high educational value, born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship.

Girls State is easily classified as a leadership action program where qualified female high school juniors take part in a practical government course designed to develop in the young citizens a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon them the fact that government is just what they make it.


Girls State is conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion Auxiliary.  Hawaii does not conduct a program.  As separate corporations, Girls States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Girls State adheres to the basic concept of the program -- that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

A Girls State program, generally, is fashioned after the government structure of the respective state.  Political offices and agencies that serve the people of a state would also exist within a Girls State.

Every Girls State operates under a two-party system with instruction provided in the organization and operation of political parties at different levels of government.

On the average, a Girls State program covers a period of seven days.  Enrollments vary from as few as 25 to well over 1,400 in a single program.


The American Legion Auxiliary has established certain qualifications for prospective Girls State citizens.  Following are the recommended guidelines that are employed by most Girls States.

Only females who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one more semester of high school remaining are to be considered as citizens of Girls State.

Any girl who has previously attended a Girls State is not eligible to attend a second session.  Only girls with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and communities should be considered.


In the actual selection of girls as citizens of Girls State, merit and ability alone are the basis for selection.  No girls are permitted to attend because of either poverty or wealth.  Girls State is not a program for underprivileged girls, nor is it a summer camp for recreation.  Fees, or "tuition," are paid by American Legion Auxiliary Units or other community-minded organizations, with little or no expense to a young woman and her family.

In order to secure equal representation from all areas of a respective state, American Legion Auxiliary Departments assign quotas to Auxiliary Units in the state.  The quota is determined by the number of Girls State citizens that a program can accommodate and the number of schools or units in the state.

For more information contact:

Robert H. Burns, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, Attention:  Jane Duracher, Girls State Chairman, P. O. Box 2885, Covington, LA 70434-2885.

Or e-mail


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