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Carbon High teens attend Girls State

Lacey Pugliese, McKenzie Moynier, Demetry Campbell and Kahle Hickens are off learning all about the inner workings of local, state and federal government systems.

American Legion Auxillary Unit 3 sent four Carbon County teens off Monday to learn all about the United States government.

Demetry Campbell, daughter of Bill and Rene Campbell; Kahle Hickens, daughter of Amy Francis and Robert Hickens; Lacey Mae Pugliese, daughter of Frank and Lori Pugliese; and McKenzie Moynier, daughter of Troy and Dannette Moynier; headed to Cedar City on Monday to join their counterparts from across Utah for Girls State.

The young women will spend five days immersed in the finer points of keeping a state, a county and a city running.

The participants will set up state, county and city governments.Their lesson in laws will be a first hand experience as they apply to appropriate ones to each jurisdiction.

They will also get a taste of political life as they split off into two parties and then run for positions within them.

The girls will participate in legislative sessions, campaigns, party rallies, debates and elections.

Girls State got its start in the 1930s and expanded from a one -or two-day session to the format it still uses today and attracts 20,000 girls annually around the nation.

The program's goals include:

•Developing leadership and pride in American citizens.

•Educating citizens about the U.S. system of government.

•Instilling a greater understanding of the nation's traditions.

•Stimulating a desire to maintain the democratic process.

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