Hoosier Girls State delegates

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Switzerland County High School juniors Danielle Ballard and Carrie Truax have been honored as the school’s delegates to Hoosier Girls State.

The program, which is sponsored by the Indiana Department of the American Legion Auxiliary, will be held from June 21st-27th on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

This year’s theme is “Learning Today to Lead Tomorrow.”

The girls will join approximately 650 other young women from around Indiana for the government program; which teaches the delegates about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship.

The session of government and practical politics is non-partisan and non-political.

The delegates begin their week at Girls State by registering to vote, where they are assigned to a particular “political party” – which has no political organization or party beliefs or platform.

It is then the duty of the delegates assigned to that party to establish those beliefs and platform during the three-day session.

The delegates also file for an elected office on the city, county, or state level. Campaigns are then conducted with speeches and campaign materials; and once elected to office, delegates are sworn in and perform the duties of that position.

Danielle Ballard is the daughter of David and Regina Ballard. Carrie Truax is the daughter of Larry and Julie Truax and Candis and John Haskell.

Locally, Sharon Hansel is the contact person for Hoosier Girls State.