Elected at Girls State Megan Kruse, daughter of Mike and Laurie Kruse of Vermillion, was elected chief of police, county party chairperson, House of Representatives and state party chairperson at this year's Girls State.
The 55th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of South Dakota was held at South Dakota State University in Brookings May 28 – June 2. This year, approximately 470 junior girls participated in the week-long event.
Kruse also received a scholarship for her position as state party chairperson in the amount of $1000 for her first year at South Dakota State University or $500 for her first year at The University of South Dakota. She also passed the bar exam.
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.
Featured guest speakers highlighting this year's session included Governor William Janklow, Lt. Governor Carole Hillard, Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine, County Commissioner Deb Knecht, and Mayor Brenda Barger.