Mallory Owens of Traer has been chosen by Unit # 142 of Kubik-Finch to attend the annual session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State to be held June 17-22, 2012, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. Miss Owens is the daughter of Jay and Connie Owens.
She is one of approximately 300 young women attending Iowa Girls State who have completed their junior year of high school and will study city, county and state government processes. Iowa Girls State citizens set up their own city, county and state governments and administer them according to the laws of Iowa.
The girls also participate in legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting along with learning deeper knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
In addition to their political activities, the girls hear several motivational speakers along with local and state government officials.
The culmination of the week on Friday evening, June 22, 2012, is the inauguration of the newly elected state officials. The Inauguration Program will be held at the Stevens Auditorium on the Iowa State campus. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to support Mallory.
Mallory attends North Tama High School and is involved in a wealth of activities including plays, band, mixed chorus, golf, FCCLA, swing show and St. Paul Catholic Church.
She was chosen to attend Iowa Girls State on the basis of interest, leadership and scholastic qualities. Iowa Girls State is sponsored by the Department of Iowa American Legion Auxiliary and is staffed by members and former Iowa Girls State citizens who volunteer their time.
Across the nation, over 20,000 young women attend Girls State each summer. Notable past participants include: Jane Pauley, NBC News broadcast journalist; Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas; Lynne Cheney, wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; and Brigadier General Michelle Johnson, now serving at the Pentagon, who was the first woman to serve as Cadet Wing Commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former Iowa Girls State citizen.