2009-03-12 / Local & State

Legion Auxiliary Holds Meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561 held a meeting on February 11 at 7:00 p.m. There were eight members present. Four new members were voted into the unit. A donation was made to the family of Scott Hoover.

The Americanism essay contest entitled "Soldiers, Past and Present ... America, Honor Your Veterans" ended on February 26. The essay contest was open to any student in grades 3-12 in Fulton County. The winning student from each division will receive a $50 United States Savings Bond from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561. Winning essays will be sent to council level for judging, and the winners from there will go to state level, with prizes being awarded at each level.

Adams, Franklin, Fulton, York County Council American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship will again this year award two high school students entering a two- or fouryear college, trade school, or business school following graduation. The award will be in two payments of $500 each. Applications, scholarship rules and checklists are available at all area high schools or by contacting Carol Singel at 717-485-9142. Deadline for the contest is April 1, 2009.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania, will hold its 64th session of Keystone Girls State from June 21-27, at Shippensburg University. This is an outstanding opportunity for young women interested in school council, political science, government law and leadership.

Keystone Girls State is a topnotch program that offers valuable government instruction and leadership training while affording an opportunity to form lasting friendships. It is not a camp or vacation, but rather a school of government. The main objective of the program is to educate young women as to the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Girls State is a mythical, nonpartisan 51st state. Attendees will experience all levels of government from city, county, state and federal government and will be assigned to a mythical political party.

In order to be considered girls must be citizens of the United States and have completed the junior year in high school by June 2009. In addition, guidelines require that all participants have never been wed and do not have children of their own. She also should be recognized for her leadership abilities,character, good citizenship and scholarship. The program is strenuous physically as well as emotionally. It is very active and will require a lot of walking. Unfortunately, the program is unable to meet any dietary requests.

Applications are now being taken. Information is available through the school or by contacting Carol Singel at 717-485- 9142.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 11 at 7:00 p.m. Any member wanting to judge essays should be there at 6:00 p.m.

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