Iverson elected to Girls State offices Lindsay Iverson, daughter of Dwight Iverson and Julie Stewart of Vermillion was elected vice-chairperson of county, delegate of Federalist Party in House of Representatives and chair of state affairs during the 54th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of South Dakota held at South Dakota State University in Brookings, May 29-June 3.
This year, approximately 475 junior girls participated in the week-long event.
The goal of the American Legion Auxiliary is to provide each Girls State delegate with a brighter understanding of Americanism and a better perspective of the rights and responsibilities of an American citizen. Under the belief that the best way to learn is by doing, SD Girls State provides training and "hands-on" practice in government at the city, county, and state levels. Thus, delegates are involved in such activities as campaigns, election boards, party conventions, legislative sessions, lobbying, court trials, and executive cabinet meetings.
Under the sponsorship of the American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State has grown from an enrollments of 117 girls in 1947 to its present enrollment of 475 girls.
Featured guest speakers highlighting this year's session included Gov. William Janklow, Lt. Gov. Carole Hillard, Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine, Public Utilities Commissioner Laska Shoenfelder, County Commissioner Deb Knecht, and Mayor Brenda Barger. Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson also visited with delegates during the week.