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.