This year’s delegates to Girls State are: Jessica Valdes, daughter of Miguel and Carrie Valdes; Deanna Irvin, daughter of Ron and Mary Irvin; Becca Farnsworth, daughter of Robert and Celeste Farnsworth; Tiffany Beilee Pilibosian, daughter of Sherri Chadd; Haley Rice, daughter of Bennie and Lori Rice; and Tiffany Whipple, daughter of Doug and Kristie Whipple.
According to the news release, member of Unit No. 54 believe “training young women about basic ideals and principles of our type and system of government will help them understand and appreciate their roles as U.S. citizens.”
The Girls State program offers training in self-government, good citizenship, and patriotism. During the session, delegates study local, county, and state government processes, and set up their own fictitious city, county and state governments. Those governments are then administered according to the rules and procedures set up under Utah laws, according to the news release. Girls State participants hold legislative sessions, run for office, debate issues, and hold elections.
This year, the local Auxiliary received Girls State support from Moab Lions Club, Intrepid Potash, Quintstar Management, WabiSabi, Maverik Stores, Alpha Rho chapter of ESA sorority, Ladies of the Elk, and Colin Fryer, according to the news release.
“Unit No. 54 would not be able to send these delegates to Girls State if it were not for Moab’s generous contributors... All of our delegates and American Legion Auxiliary, Unit No. 54 give these contributors our heartfelt thanks for supporting this worthwhile program,” Auxiliary officials said.