American Legion Auxiliary representatives from Belington Unit 96 and Philippi Unit 44 met at Philip Barbour High School to choose the students to represent Barbour County at the ALA Rhododendron Girls State this June.
The Auxiliary sponsors Rhododendron Girls State as evidence of its faith in American democracy and in the value of responsible citizenship. Various businesses and organizations in the county donate funds to help pay the enrollment fees for the girls.
Each year, more than 400 high school junior girls from throughout the state are offered the opportunity to be participants in structured role-playing that emphasizes the Democratic form of self-government.
Finalists for Rhododendron Girls State are, from left, seated, Kylie Howell, Brianna Waybright, Rachel Stewart, Cristel Sallyn Beam and Kelsey Smallwood; standing, alternates Kaitlynne Neville, Miranda Donegia, Morgan Robinson, Adalou Farris, Samantha Davis and Nicole Knotts. Finalist Bridgett Booth was absent for picture.
The candidates are initially chosen by their school principals and faculty based on leadership, good moral character, good academic record, cooperation and dependability, and community participation and service.
The final representatives are then chosen by an evaluation process offered by the Auxiliary Units. The finalists will attend Rhododendron Girls State at Wheeling Jesuit University June 10-15.
Finalists chosen by Belington Unit 96 were: Brianna Waybright, Bridgett Booth and Kylie Howell with Morgan Robinson, Miranda Donegia and Kaitlynne Neville chosen as alternates. Finalists chosen by Philippi Unit 44 were: Rachel Stewart, Cristel Sallyn Beam and Kelsey Smallwood with Adalou Farris, Samantha Davis and Nicole Knotts chosen as alternates.