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Students represent district at Texas Girls State

Students from Denton and Guyer high schools represented Denton ISD at the annual Texas Bluebonnet Girls State program, where they learned about government structure through the use of a mock system they participated in.

The district’s nine participating students – including three from Denton and six from Guyer – learned about the roles of American citizenship and took part in a mock government that provided them with the same duties as elected officials.

The Girls State program, run by the American Legion Auxiliary, teaches select students about local, regional and state government though this mock system. Each participating student serves a role in the government, with the entire group working together to create laws and guidelines that govern the program. Students also meet with elected Texas officials as part of the experience.

Girls State has been an American Legion Auxiliary program has seen tremendous growth in recent years, now hosting more than 500 students annually, up from 94 in its inaugural year. This year’s program was held at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and was the largest session ever, with 598 female high school students who will be seniors for the 2016-17 school year. The program ended with a trip to the State Capitol in Austin for mock House and Senate sessions and the swearing in of state officials.

Denton ISD’s participants in the 2016 Texas Bluebonnet Girls State can be seen in the lists below.
  • Denton High School: Rebecca Carcano, Emily Goff, Aemilia Lindahl
  • Guyer High School: Ally Damrau, Madison Freeze, Katelyn Golden, Bianca Ramirez, Megan Vennell, Emma Weatherford