USD’s Farber Center to host S.D. Girls State May 27-June 1

USD's Farber Center to host S.D. Girls State May 27-June 1 The W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota will host the 56th Annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program. The program, which is designed to teach female high school juniors about civic participation, will take place on the USD campus May 27-June 1. This is the first year South Dakota Girls State has been held in Vermillion. The Farber Center is a South Dakota Board of Regents Center of Excellence.

The South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary has selected 472 girls from across the state based on scholastic achievement, leadership skills and interest in government. These girls will be divided into 14 cities and seven counties representing cities across the nation, including a Journalism City that will publish a daily newspaper under the guidance of the Allen H. Neuharth Center for Excellence in Journalism. Throughout the program, participants will learn how American government works at every level. The girls will have the opportunity to learn from several South Dakota political

figures, including Sen. Tim Johnson, Congressman John Thune, Gov. William Janklow, and others.

Participants may also take a course titled "Women in Leadership" offered by the USD Department of Political Science and the Farber Center.

The course will be taught by Dr. Betty Smith and worth one to two academic credits, transferable to any college in the nation. This year Journalism City members may also earn college credit for their Girls State experience.

The University of South Dakota will also offer scholarships to Girls State participants who enroll at USD.

Many state, county and municipal officials are also volunteering their time to serve as mentors for various parts of the week-long program.

For more information, contact Cheryl Hovorka, Girls State director at (605) 677-5702, or visit the South Dakota Girls State Web site at

All general assemblies are open to the public and will be held in Slagle Auditorium according to the schedule below:

May 27, 8 p.m. � General Assembly; U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, guest; Memorial Day service.

May 28, 8 a.m. � Municipal government: Brenda Barger, mayor of Watertown.

May 28, 8 p.m. – U.S. Rep. John Thune.

May 29, 11 a.m. � Judy Stratman, WNAX Radio, Yankton.

South Dakota Republican Party � Representative JeanHunhoff.

South Dakota Democratic Party – Rep. B.J. Nesselhuf.

May 29, 7:45 p.m. � Girls State Talent Night.

May 30, 9:15 a.m. � Joyce Hazeltine, secretary of state; Roxanne Miller, president, Community First National Bank, Vermillion.

May 30, 7:45 p.m. � Presentation of candidates and platforms.

May 31, 9:30 a.m. � Gov. William J. Janklow: Questions and answers about the state of South Dakota.

May 31, 7:30 p.m. � Girls State Chorus Concert.

Joint Session of Legislature Inaugural Speaker Pam Roberts, chief executive

officer to the governor.

Inauguration of new Girls State governor

June 1, 11:15 a.m. � Girls State awards ceremony.

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