Applications are being accepted for the 2013 session of American Legion Auxiliary Oregon Girls State.

The weeklong session for high school juniors, will be held June 16-22 at Willamette University in Salem.

Girls State is a nationwide program sponsored by the Auxiliary, designed to increase the delegates’ awareness and knowledge of governmental process, while learning about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Experiences during Oregon Girls State include public speaking, drafting and presenting bills, serving as a lobbyist, participating in mock trials, workshops, and presentations by Oregon state officials and other speakers.

Interested girls must have finished their junior year in 2013 – or, if homeschooled, be at least 15 and have completed grade 11 – show respect, willingness to salute the American flag, be interested in government, and have a desire to develop leadership skills and self-confidence.

The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 30.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 43 in La Grande is coordinating recruitment for the local area which includes Grant County.

For more information, contact Dorothy Robertson by phone at 541-963-9838, or email,

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