This past summer Monika Ford and I had the opportunity to represent JMM at UW-Oshkosh for a program called Badger Girls State. Girls State is a nationwide leadership and citizenship program for high school juniors. Delegates have the chance to learn about local and state governments when they run for offices at city, county, and state levels. The first few days were overwhelming, but the experience was definitely worth it in the end! At city meetings Badger citizens decided how their cities would function. Badger girls ran for various positions and they introduced obnoxious ordinances; for instance, the citizens of Willow Springs made it mandatory for everyone to yell “duck and cover” when “potentially dangerous males” were present.
One of the highlights of the week was attending the Badger Girls State Fair because we got to see performances from some of the most talented young women from the state of Wisconsin. Later that day, we had the opportunity to personally meet the leaders of Wisconsin as they attended the BGS Inauguration ceremony. Although we had a busy schedule throughout the week, everyone would always look forward to the delicious meals offered at Blackhawk Commons. It was painful to say goodbye because everyone became attached to each other. The girls of my city had been extremely supportive and they cheered me on as I campaigned for a state office. My adventures at Badger Girls State have created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!
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