Nine to attend Bluebonnet Girls State
Nine young women from six Hays County high schools will be heading for the Texas Lutheran University campus Sunday, for the week-long Bluebonnet Girls State session, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas.
The Hays County teens, representing San Marcos American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144, will be among some 500 girls who attend the annual summer government-in-action program.
Delegates will include San Marcos High School's Vianey Villalpando, sponsored by John and Chloe Navarrette, and Nikki Sanchez, sponsored by Frost Bank, and the San Marcos Academy's Kendall Nighbert, sponsored by Ingram Readymix.
High School students from Hays ISD attending will be Hays’ Emily Beyer of Buda — sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement — and Caitlin Corich of Kyle, sponsored by San Marcos attorney Tom Garner. Representing Lehman will be Angelica Aguirre of Kyle, also sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement.
Wimberley High School students attending include Bailey Mills and Hannah Raska, while Katherine Anne Porter High School will be represented by Cydney Piersol of San Marcos, all sponsored by the Wimberley Lions Club.
Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county and state governments.
They elect their own officials, learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices and introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature.
The program will include a visit to the State Capitol in Austin on Friday, June 21, where they have a chance to sight-see and meet state officials. The purpose of Girls State is to educate young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.