Friday: Trip to the Capitol and Awards

The Friday highlight is a trip to the Capitol in Topeka.

Group photo at the capitol

Group photo at the capitol

Elected officials get the opportunity to visit their counterparts in their offices. The House and Senate debate legislation in their respective chambers, county officials visit the Douglas County Courthouse, and citizens tour the capitol and the judicial center. On the capitol tour we get the chance to witness our own ALASGS House and Senate in their legislative session. LyLena addressed the group to discuss which bills she signed and which she vetoed. Previous girls state legislation introduced the meadowlark and buffalo as party mascots and included incorporating the ALASGS Banner into the program and flag ceremony.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the capitol lawn before heading back to Lawrence. When we arrived our closing ceremony commenced. We announced award winners and the candidates for Girls Nation Senator were announced. Those girls answered a series of questions and then Elizabeth Kim and Kate Fabac were elected to attend and represent Kansas in Washing D.C. later this summer. The other award and election winners can all be referenced here.

Winning Wednesday

Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Lynn Rogers addressed the delegates in the afternoon. He spoke about the importance of diversity in public service and made the statement “There’s enough of us old white guys doing what I do. We need to hand some responsibility over to young people…

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Welcome!

She is the best kind of boisterous, inspiring, and an uplifting start to our program.  She also wore a really awesome floral pants suit that we’ll be talking about for years! Amelia from Brown said Dr. Ballard made her feel “ready for the week and ready to kick butt!”

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