Anika DeWald of Story City has been chosen by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #59 of Story City to attend the annual sessions of the Iowa American Auxiliary Girls State to be held June 18-23 on the campus of Iowa State University. She is the daughter of Jacinta McCarty and Rick DeWald.
DeWald is one of approximately 300 young women attending the Iowa Girls State who have completed their junior year of high school and will study city, county and state government processes.
Iowa Girls State citizens set up their own city, county and state governments and administer them according to the laws of Iowa. The girls also participate in legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting along with learning deeper knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
In addition to their political activities, the girls hear several motivational speakers along with the local and state government officials.
The culmination of the week on Friday evening, June 23, is the inauguration of the newly elected state officials. The inauguration program will be held on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines. The public is invited.
DeWald attends Roland-Story High School and is involved in band, flags, TAG, FCCLA, NHS, Key Club, fall play, musical, Large Group Speech, individual speech and Fine Arts Club.
She was chosen to attend Iowa Girls State on the basis of interest, leadership and scholastic qualities. Iowa Girls State is sponsored by the Department of Iowa American Legion Auxiliary and is staffed by Auxiliary members and former Iowa Girls State citizens who volunteer their time. Across the nation, more than 20,000 young women attend Girls State each summer.