GSHS sends four to Boys, Girls State
Four Glenwood Springs High School juniors are off to college a little early – though they’ll be back home in a week. From June 6-11, Jackie Collier, Elise Giezentanner, Graham Jackson and Scott Straus will participate in Girls and Boys State – the girls at Western State College in Gunnison, and the boys at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Boys and Girls State are government and citizenship education programs sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Glenwood High’s students were selected to participate in Boys and Girls State by their teachers Guy Brickell and Craig Denney, who teach a required government course for all juniors, called “Fundamentals of American Democracy.”And Morris Buckmaster, chairman of Boys State from American Legion 83 of Glenwood Springs, said Glenwood High counselor Bob Willey has been instrumental in putting together both of Glenwood’s programs. The soon-to-be high school seniors will join about 200 boys and 200 girls, staying at their respective campuses and becoming immersed in the functions of government. Collier, currently the top student in her class of 157, said she’s excited she was chosen to attend.
“I’m interested in politics,” Collier said. “I don’t know if I want to go into politics in the future, but I’m interested in how the process works.”Jackson said students will learn first-hand how government works. They’ll study how city, county and state governments function, and will take part in election and voting procedures, by voting in their own senators, governors and representatives. And instead of the Democrat and Republican parties, they’ll structure their governments using the fictitious Nationalists and Federalists parties, said Scott Straus.Buckmaster said he’s proud of 2003 Girls State participant Molly Ackerman. She was chosen to represent Colorado at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., where participants toured the capital and met their elected representatives.
“Going on to Girls or Boys Nation … that would be an honor,” Collier said. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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