2003-06-27 / Community

Local Girls Form Fifty-First State

Local Girls Form Fifty-First State


Pictured, left to right, standing: Danielle Rissmeyer, Stella Maris High School; Suzanne Sullivan, Stella Maris High Sch ool; Assemblywoman Pheffer; Dee Garvey, President, Post #118 Ladies Auxiliary; Esther Chang, Francis Lewis High School; Jane Kim, Francis Lewis High School. Seated: Monica Verona, Mary Lewis Academy; Ellen Lynch, Mary Lewis Acade y; Nicole Seltzer, Mary Louis Academy; Allison Morow, St. Mary’s High School; Rachel Watts, Fiorella LaGuardia High School. Participating, but not pictured: Jacqueline Quiles, Bishop Molloy School; Katrina Leddy, Stella Maris High School; and Nathalia Vallego, Francis Lewis High School.Pictured, left to right, standing: Danielle Rissmeyer, Stella Maris High School; Suzanne Sullivan, Stella Maris High Sch ool; Assemblywoman Pheffer; Dee Garvey, President, Post #118 Ladies Auxiliary; Esther Chang, Francis Lewis High School; Jane Kim, Francis Lewis High School. Seated: Monica Verona, Mary Lewis Academy; Ellen Lynch, Mary Lewis Acade y; Nicole Seltzer, Mary Louis Academy; Allison Morow, St. Mary’s High School; Rachel Watts, Fiorella LaGuardia High School. Participating, but not pictured: Jacqueline Quiles, Bishop Molloy School; Katrina Leddy, Stella Maris High School; and Nathalia Vallego, Francis Lewis High School.

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer attended an orientation of the Empire Girls State Citizens, comprised of young ladies from various schools in Queens County. The group was chosen to participate in a "crash" course in government, where they actually form a Fifty-first State of the Union and assume different roles to make their state work.

The girls received an entire week at "Girl State" where they learn about Americanism and Government. They campaign, hold actual elections on real voting machines, assume the various political offices comprising the state, and they return home full of patriotism and political aspirations.

The program, sponsored by Woodhaven’s American Legion Post #118, Ladies Auxiliary, was chaired by the Auxiliary’s President, Dee Garvey, who worked to make the week a success.


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