Wendy Riggle, Girls State Director, (319) 233-1996
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Election results for state and county officials were announced at the 57th annual Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State convention on Thursday, June 13. Activities concluded on the University of Northern Iowa campus Friday evening, June 14.
Rebecca Evans, Shelby, and Virginia Witherspoon, Ankeny, defeated Laura Arp, Davenport, and Amanda Zmolek, Dike, to win Thursday?s election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, of Iowa Girls State.
Other state officials elected were as follows: Natalie Owens, Traer, secretary of state; Bridget Wild, Davenport, auditor of state; Jill Badrick, Miles, treasurer of state; Sarah Schmitt, Whittemore, attorney general; and Rachel Allison, Walcott, secretary of agriculture.
Other high school students elected to state government positions at the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State include (Name) of (Hometown) , elected to the office of (Office) .
Governor Tom Vilsack addressed the Girls State participants at an 11 a.m. special session Friday. Sherry McLaughlin, Vinton, National American Legion Auxiliary President, administered the oath of office to the new officers at the 7 p.m. inauguration ceremony in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
Announcements of other honors also took place at the inauguration. Amanda Zmolek, Dike, and Megan Turnball, Indianola, were named to represent Iowa Girls State as senators at Girls Nation, July 20-27, at The National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md. In the event they are unable to attend, alternates are Melanie Goering, Cedar Falls, and Michelle Kalkhoff, Denver.
Scholarships, ranging from $200 to $2,500 in value, were awarded to several Girls Staters. Recipient of the $2,500 American Legion of Iowa Foundation Scholarship Award, presented to the Outstanding Girls State Citizen, was Teresa Jurchen, Cumberland. The $500 Girls State Staff Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Rundlett, Vinton.
Two $500 scholarships were presented in memory of former American Legion Department Vice Commander Art McLaughlin of Vinton whose wife, Sherry, and daughter, Wendy Riggle, have been involved with Girls State for many years. Recipients were Joanna Grillas, Earlham, and Andrea Schwager from Cascade.
A $500 scholarship in honor of former Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Department President Lillian McGivern, was presented to Joeli Anderson, Clarence. Kelsey Erickson, Slater, was the recipient of the $200 Lyndol Cole Scholarship presented by the Girls State photographer.
As state winner of a scholarship from the American Legion Samsung National Scholarship program, Jill Badrick, Miles, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She is now eligible for a $20,000 national scholarship.
Note: to obtain a complete list of participants, please contact the Office of University Marketing & Public Relations at (319) 273-2761.