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UNI to host 57th year of Girls State activities June 9-14<br>

June 5, 2002

Wendy Riggle, director, Girls State, (319) 222-1832 or (319) 273-7680
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A week of educational political activities is scheduled for the 57th session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, beginning Sunday, June 9, at the University of Northern Iowa. The session marks the 50th consecutive year Girls State has met on the UNI campus.

More than 300 high school girls from around the state will learn about the workings of Iowa government. Carissa Overstreet of Bondurant, 2001 Girls State governor, will preside over the sessions and Wendy Riggle of LaPorte City, is the director of Girls State.

Gov. Tom Vilsack will address the delegates at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The Girls State governor will be elected Thursday, June 13. The inauguration of the Girls State governor and state officers will begin at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the GBPAC. National American Legion Auxiliary President Sherry McLaughlin of Vinton will install the officers.

Other speakers during the week will be Alan Feirer, Group Dynamics, at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, June 9; and Iowa State Senator Mark Ziemann of Postville at 1 p.m., and Kathryn Koob, former United States diplomat, at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Representatives from the UNI Wellness Center and the Iowa Highway Patrol will speak Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13.

All delegates are assigned to mythical Nationalist and Federalist parties in the state of Hawkeye. There also are four mythical cities called Ladehoff, Hanson, Hinderman and Young; and the mythical counties of Carr and Macrae. During the week, participants will attend party precinct and ward caucuses, elect candidates, and appoint election officials. City council members, mayors, county representatives, senators and state officers also will be elected.

Participants are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliaries.

NOTE: For a list of participants, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.