Harmony American Legion Auxiliary announces Girls State selections

Izabella Jones

Ryle Gatzke

The Harmony American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce that Rylie Gatzke and Izabella Jones have been chosen to represent Harmony at the 72nd annual Girls State program to be held June 10-16, 2018, at Bethel College in St. Paul.

Gatzke is the daughter of Travis and Tammy Gatzke, and Jones is the daughter of Adam and Melissa Jones of Spring Valley. Both girls are currently juniors at Fillmore Central High.

The purposes of the Girls State program are to provide citizenship training for girls of high school age; to afford them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens; to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government; and to help them grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities which they must assume when they become adults.

The entire Girls State program is a non-political, non-partisan, non-sectarian attempt to instill in these potential leaders a love of God and country. They practice good citizenship, Americanism and the duties that go along with city, county and state officials.

The local auxiliary has sponsored girls for this program throughout its history. Once again, thanks to the financial help of the Harmony American Legion, the unit was able to sponsor two girls.