Terrific Tuesday began with general assembly where the city of Cherokee was announced City of the Day and Bailey Young from the city of Chippewa was named Journalist of the Day. Director of Elections Heidi Blair shared important information about the voting process in Kansas. The political parties had a final rally before the primary election. The citizens voted and parties elected their candidates for the general election.
The Honorable Judge G. Joseph PIerron Jr. gave a presentation about the courts of Kansas. He was also asked to give the lawyers oath to those citizens who passed the Girls State Bar Exam.
Other speakers included American Legion Auxiliary representative Linda Caudle who told the Poppy Story and shared information about honoring veterans. She led us in folding our own Pocket Flags, which are small versions of the American Flag meant to be carried by service men and women who are deployed. The pocket flag allows them to carry a bit of their home with them. We now have our own to share with someone we know or meet who will deploy. The final speaker of the afternoon was Dr. Hannah Maxfield of KU Medical Center. She discussed women's health issues and the importance of persevering even when things don't work out the first time.
It is an American tradition to display a Blue Star Service Banner in the window of a home when a loved one is proudly serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As Americans support troops deployed overseas, the Blue Star Service Banner is a reminder that war touches every neighborhood. Assistant Director Lindsay Maudlin presented a Blue Star Banner to staff, counselors, and delegates who have immediate family members currently serving.
When the primary election results were in, Director of Elections Heidi announced the winners. Each party's candidates were named one by one and then they came to the stage for a photo. State party candidates spent the remainder of the afternoon preparing for their Whistle Stops. Girls State Whistle Stops are often a fun way to remind citizens who is running for what position and another chance to discuss their party platform.
Tuesday was terrific and we are excited for what Winning Wednesday will hold!