Parents! Here is some important information for Friday and Saturday

ARE YOU PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE 2016 EMPIRE GIRLS – STATE OF THE STATE?

Here’s some information you should be aware of:

  • Venue opens for seating at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at SERC
  • There are no opportunities to engage with citizens prior to the event
  • Event begins at 8:00 p.m.
  • There will be orange directional signs for assistance to SERC
  • Plenty of parking will be available
  • The venue is air conditioned
  • There is plenty of bleacher style seating available
  • There will be a cookie & punch reception immediately following the State of the State where parents/friends will be able to meet up up with their citizen
  • Merchandise will be available to commemorate their week at Empire Girls State

PICKUP SATURDAY MORNING:

  • Check out begins at 6 a.m. Saturday morning
  • Remember to bring ID!!
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2016 Empire Girls State Officials Announced!

We are proud to announce the
2016 Girls State Election Results!
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Governor:  Willa Dow (Nationalist Party)
Lt. Governor:  Hannah Morley (Federalist Party)
State Comptroller:  Lea Maney (Federalist Party)
State Attorney General:  Bianca Summerville (Nationalist Party)
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  • Willa Dow is from Westchester County and is sponsored by Dobbs Ferry – Unit 1048.
  • Hannah Morley is from Delaware County and is sponsored by #190 – Delhi Post.
  • Lea Maney is from Ulster County and is sponsored by the Ulster County ALA.
  • Bianca Summerville is from Chemung County and is sponsored by Harry Bentley Unit 443.
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Pocket Flags to Flag Retirement Ceremony – Tuesday

The girls were up and going this morning — even though they were up late working on posters and chatting until all hours of the morning . . .
 
Keller County citizens conducted the Flag Posting ceremony which was followed by our guest speaker American Legion Department of NY Commander James Yermes.  He spoke about some of the activities at Boys State.
 
The citizens then participated in an Americanism project – Pocket Flags. They all learned how to fold a smaller version of the flag into a small triangle which will be placed in a little bag and then given to someone currently serving so they can always carry a little piece of home with them and as a thank you for defending our country and freedom.

Learning to fold the American Flag by making pocket flags.

 
The citizens broke out into their groups to continue working on their bills with their Committees.  There was a lot of intense discussions, negotiating and drafting of bills to put before the Political Instructors for their critique.  Final bills need to be ready Wednesday morning to be reviewed that evening by the State Comptroller. 
 
After another working lunch, all citizens met to witness a Flag Retirement ceremony.  When a flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it’s time to replace with a new flag, and the old flag should be “retired” with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation’s flag. Tubman County performed the ceremony presenting the flag for inspection and the flag was placed on a low burning fire while Taps was played.  This was a very quiet and somber event that will be remembered by all citizens.
 
The girls then broke up and went back to their Counties to start the County Office elections.  Each party had previously selected people for these positions on Monday,  — and today they ran against each other!  Two citizens from each party within the County were also elected for  Girls Nation!  The girls also continued to work on their Platforms/bills and received assistance from the Political Instructors as necessary.  The citizens also compiled a list of questions to be asked at the Town Hall Debate on Wednesday.
 
The citizens met up with the Media Team to have their County pictures taken and then off to dinner.
 
Flag retrieval was performed by Angelou County and the parties split up to begin the Party Caucus for the evening!  A standing count was done to determine total number of votes for the Party.  
 
The Chairman of the Platform Committee presented the proposed Party Platform for adoption.  After many questions and much discussion by citizens, the Platforms were adopted.
 
The Party Chairman then requested nominees for State Government offices:  Attorney General, State Comptroller, Lt. Governor, and Governor.  Each nominee spoke for two minutes on why they should be elected for the position and then votes were taken and winners were announced!
 
The evening was reserved for Meet the Candidates Night at Trax to meet the citizens and answer any questions they might have.  
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Results for County Positions

Results for County positions

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Results for the Nationalist Party by County

Results for the Nationist Party by County

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Results for the Federalist Party by County

EGS Federalist County Results

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First Full Day at EGS!

The girls had a very busy day Monday — most were lucky to miss the rain — except for the early 6 am morning runners!!
 
The day started off with Rankin County performing a wonderful flag ceremony which included presentation of the American flag, the Pledge, a patriotic reading and flutes!
 
A POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) ceremony was conducted by Albright County.  This somber ceremony — a table set for one — is a place of honor.  It represents a place that is solemnly held for those that have not yet returned from war.  Each item on the table is symbolic of the trials of our missing veterans.
 
The girls then had a Parliamentary Update session and discussed Roberts Rules of Order.  The Political Instructors held a workshop to discuss how to write their Party Platform, draft a bill and how to write a legislative resolution.  The girls broke out into their Committees and elected a Chairman of the Committee.  The Committee Chairman conducted meetings according to Parliamentary Procedure and they brainstormed “hot topics” based on each of the counties they live in and discussed how each of these topics could be incorporated into a bill.  
 

Girls work in their Party Committees to draft Bills

The girls broke quickly to grab a boxed lunch and continued working through lunch.  
 
After more discussions with their Committees, the girls went back to their dorms and divided into their assigned political parties and elected nominees for the four State offices:  Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller and Attorney General for each party.  They also elected one nominee for each County office:  County Executive, County Comptroller, District Attorney, County Judge and County Sheriff.  
 
So, to insure the safety of our citizens, The Brockport University campus security and the EGS staff held a fire drill which went very smoothly!!  All were accounted for!
 
All the citizens then went to dinner and watched the flag retrieval ceremony by Anthony County.  The Department President, Jan Mahoney, gave an overview of the American Legion Auxiliary. Then the action began!!!  PARTY CAUCUSES!!
 
The Feds and Nats broke out into separate rooms –  Both ALA Party Advisors opened their meeting and appointed a Party Secretary.  A stand up count of all people in the room was taken for voting purposes.  Campaign speeches were made by candidates nominated for the Party Leader and a paper ballot vote was done.  The Party Leader was announced and she appointed a Treasurer and continued to chair the remainder of the Caucus.  Each of the Platform Committee Chairmen then reported on the progress of their Committee.  After discussion, the parties then started to practice cheers and chants!!  The meetings were then adjourned for the day!
 
Later in the evening, the girls worked on their campaign posters, County banner and helped each other with their speeches.  Some girls also made it over to the snack bar for some late night snacks!  
 
 
 
 
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2016 American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State Begins!

Our Girls State citizens began arriving at 12: 00 PM on Sunday!  The girls were excited and nervous to meet each other and to get to know all of the girls from their Empire Girls State County!
 
After getting checked in at registration, the girls got settled on their floor and met their Junior and Senior Counselors and their roommate.  They had some ice breaker activities to get to know all of the other girls.
 
They quickly got into their County Meetings and proceeded to elect one Party Leader to run for Party Leader at the Party Caucus Monday evening.
 
They selected girls to work in the following committees:  Agricultural, Campaign, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Conservation, Health, Homeland Security, Platform and Technology.
 
After dinner, the girls participated in a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop.  After the workshop, they elected a County Leader, County Secretary, County Treasurer and County Press Secretary.  They also elected two Senators and a County level nominee for the Speaker of the Assembly.
 
The highlight of the evening was the Opening Ceremony.  The event opened with the Navy Seabee Veteran’s of America, Island X12 Color Guard presenting our flag and posting our colors.  All of our EGS Staff were introduced and the event marked the first time we were all together as citizens and leaders of the 2016 Empire Girls State!
 
The girls returned to their dorm for some free time and a chance to visit the EGS Merchandise and Apparel “Store”.  Each night the girls write in a Learning Log.  Think of it as a Journal.  It gives them a place to reflect on their experience at Empire Girls State.
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