Three of North Tama's finest have been selected by Kubik-Finch Post #142 to attend this year's Iowa Girls State in Ames from June 16-21 on the campus of Iowa State University.
Josie Youel, Ellie Schafer and Katie Townsend are the three young ladies selected for the honor this year, and each will have the opportunity to learn about government up close and personal.
The 300 young women attending 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 is the inauguration of the newly elected state officials. The Inauguration Program will be held at the Stevens Auditorium on the Iowa State campus.
Josie Youel, a junior at North Tama, is the daughter of Josh and Cindy Youel. She has participated in a wealth of activities during her time in Traer, including membership on the volleyball, basketball and track teams. She is also a colorguard and FCCLA member, and a member of the prestigious National Honor Society.
Josie is in Spanish Club and serves on Student Council, and is also active in the arts with chorus, the swing show, plays and muscials. She also helps at many events at her church.
Ellie Schafer, also a junior, is the daughter of Laurie and Chris Schafer. She is involved in Student Council, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, FCCLA, and TAG (Talented & Gifted).
Ellie has also served as both a volleyball and basketball manager, while particpating in band, swing show and backstage in the musicals/plays. She attendeds BASIC and has volunteered her time to many different things over the years, including Traer's Dinner & a Movie, working in the nursery at her church and several group events.
Katie Townsend is the daughter of Tracey Sharman and Shane Townsend. She is a junior and has been involved in cheerleading, Art Club, Spanish Club along with serving as a representative on Student Council.