Friday, February 15, 2019

Second in a series: Calling all juniors for Girls State

By Dave Tanguay

Junior girls at Windham High School or those who live in Windham and Raymond but attend other schools are invited to participate in the 73rd Annual Dirigo Girls State. It will be convening at Husson University, Bangor Maine, June 16 to 21, 2019.  This is a great opportunity for motivated young women to immerse themselves in a week of comradeship and an opportunity for those junior girls’ candidates to learn how to campaign for state office and carry out the functions of state government.

The Field-Allen Legion Auxiliary Unit 148 of Windham is sponsoring candidates for this unique program and will pay the tuition cost of $320 for each selected candidate. Candidates are, however, responsible for their own transportation to Bangor.

Last year over 200 junior girls from all over the state attended Girls State and the goal is to have a greater number attend this year.
The selection process is as follows: Junior girls interested in attending Dirigo Girls State can make their intentions known by contacting the school’s guidance office prior to the end of March. A general briefing will be held in early April for all candidates followed a week later by interviews by the Legion Auxiliary. All GS applicable forms must be completed and submitted by the interview date. Following the interview, those selected will be designated as either a primary or alternate candidate. If a primary candidate is unable to attend, then an alternate will take her place, Participants must commit to attending prior to their application being submitted to Dirigo Girls State. 

For further information, Contact your guidance officer or Field-Allen ALA President, Pam Whynot: 892-4720 or         
Future articles will address: Boys and Girls State and how local business can support or sponsor candidates.

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