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Seven from South Shore Area Attend Girls State, Boys State
August 2006

American Legion Post 340 and Auxiliary Unit 340 of Diamond City, assisted by a $1,650 grant from the South Shore Foundation, sent seven delegates from area high schools to Arkansas Girls State and Arkansas Boys State earlier this summer. The grant paid fees for five girls to attend Girls State on Harding University campus at Searcy, and four boys to attend Boys State on the University of Central Arkansas campus at Conway.

A scheduling conflict with a baseball tournament prevented two of the selected Boys State delegates from Lead Hill from taking part in the event.

The Girls State delegates were: Alissa Hopkins from Lead Hill, Christene Walker and Samantha Pfister from Omaha, Andrea Hardman and Kayla Risley from Bergman. The Boys State delegates were Michael Hollon and Cory Lott, both from Bergman. Two delegates chosen from Lead Hill, who were unable to attend, were Billy Richardson and Derek Rogers.

Both Girls State and Boys State are programs of education about citizenship. The high school students learn the duties, privileges, and responsibilities of American citizenship by being assigned to mock political parties, cities and counties, holding their own voter registrations, campaigns, and elections for offices.

Delegate Michael Hollon, for example, was elected State Senator from the mythical Arkansas county of Carpenter and town of Fisher City. He was from the Nationalist Party. Cory Lott’s assignment was to Sloan County and Murphy City as a member of the Federalist Party.

Delegates who attend are chosen on the basis of leadership, character, scholarship, cooperativeness, community participation, and service, according to the Girls State sponsors.

Each must have the approval of their school principal, a committee of teachers, and the local American Legion and Auxiliary sponsors.

South Shore Foundation is the charitable arm of NATCO, a family-owned, independent telephone company since 1951 which serves six exchanges: Flippin, Bull Shoals, Diamond City, Lead Hill, Pyatt, and Omaha. To contact South Shore Foundation, call 1-800-775-6682.

Andrea Hardman
Andrea Hardman

Kayla Risley
Kayla Risley

Cory Lott
Cory Lott


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