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Over the summer, I had the opportunity to attend Hoosier Girls’ State at Trine University. Which brings together 500 of the top students in the state for a week to construct their own, well, state. Each girl lives in a city divided into precincts. After that, three to four cities make up a county which all come together to form the state. Each citizen runs for an office ranging from precinct committeeman to the Governor.

Before I went to the event, I truly did not know how I could finish the week. Sunday came around and I left the comfort of my home to a twin size bed with a roommate. While my mother and siblings unpacked with me, my new roommate Mackayla walked right inside. Everyone dreads the idea of having a super quiet roommate, but Mackayla acted the exact opposite. We instantly became friends right off the bat. We shared common interests such as softball and other clubs. Also, she appeared to be very outgoing, so she seemed easy to talk to about anything.

I became a member of Baker City, Democracy County.  Once Monday came around, everyone in the city began to interact and actually come together as a city and a family. We even came up with a new slang word “shibby.” Don’t ask me. I still have no idea what “shibby” means, but I think it means “same here.” Once the first days ended, the competition began.

Of the 500 girls, half carried the title of a Nationalist while the others became Federalists. Being a Nationalist, I ran for Senator. I won’t explain too in depth because I don’t want to ruin the experience for any future delegates; however, I will say be prepared to speak in front of people. I also became the Deputy Clerk and the Nationalist City Vice Chairman. The Deputy Clerk helped conduct the voting process during the election. As a City Vice Chairman, I helped be a runner for any notes that needed to be handed to the City Chairman during the Nationalist party nomination election. Overall, the whole week felt hectic yet refreshing to learn about how our government truly works.

Although all of the political aspects astonished me, my favorite part of the week involved dressing up in our nationalist colors and dancing in the walkways at the recreation center. The two-party rally brought together all 500 girls to listen to the speeches of the governor and other state elected offices. When we walked inside, all the girls danced to modern music while we waited to begin. After the music stopped, we began to listen to all of the speeches. After each nomination, our cheerleaders chanted a few cheers to rally up our party. After each delegate ended, we danced and cheered some more. This event brought all of us even closer together.

Once the week ended, tears and hugs filled the hallways of our city and county. Hoosier Girls’ State enlightened me about how intense and structured the government truly appears. I hope whoever receives the opportunity to attend this event will take full advantage. HGS, can you dig it?

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  1. klewe90 on August 7th, 2017 8:53 am

    I really like how you made sure to describe the events that you really liked and made you feel more comfortable with the girls around you. You expressed your feelings throughout very well. Great article!

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  2. mdish72 on August 7th, 2017 2:15 pm

    Very well written article! I loved how you finally got to step out of your comfort zone! Hoosier Girl’s State sounds like a very welcoming place for new voices and experiences. I’m very glad you had the opportunity to be apart of an amazing organization.

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  3. Morgan Miller on August 10th, 2017 11:28 am

    I really like this article! Hoosier Girls State is an amazing experience, and any girl who is eligible to go should take the opportunity. It helps young women learn about how the government works and prepares them for college. Great job!

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