Roland Legion Auxiliary Girls State representative
Miss Samantha Wieland of Dubuque, Iowa was chosen by Unit #307 of Roland to attend the annual session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State that was held June 12-17, 2016 on the campus of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
Samantha’s grandmother, Sandy Arthur (deceased) of Roland, enrolled her in the Roland Unit’s Junior Auxiliary.
She was one of approximately 300 young women attending Iowa Girls State who have completed their junior year of high school and studied 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 participated in legislative sessions, campaigns and party rallies, debates and voting along with learning deeper knowledge of parliamentary procedures. In addition to their political activities, the girls hear several motivational speakers along with local and State government officials. The culmination of the week on Friday evening, June 17, 2016, was the Inauguration of the newly elected State officials.
Miss Wieland attends Stephen Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa and is involved in the following activities: Marching Band, Pep Band, Band, Penn Avenue Show Choir, numerous clubs, Junior Auxiliary and church youth group.
Samantha 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, over 20,000 young women attend Girls State each summer.