Kristin Merrill Kendall Madsen photo

Kristin Merrill of Augusta was one of 100 young women selected to attend the 75th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation session, held July 23-30 in Washington, D.C.

As part of the premier ALA program, two outstanding high school seniors are selected to represent their respective state as “senators” at ALA Girls Nation after participating in one of 50 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country.

ALA Girls Nation is a seven-day leadership conference that provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into how the federal government operates, instills a sense of pride in this country, and promotes youth civic engagement.

Many participants of the program go on to have careers in public service at the local, state, and national level, according to a news release from the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters.

Merrill, a rising senior at Cony High School, was active in many ways during her week at ALA Dirigo Girls State. She also participates in many activities in her school and community. She is captain of the volleyball team, a Madrigals Select-Choir singer, and Key Club Bulletin editor and co-president. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club.

Merrill is also on the yearbook committee and is the Chizzle Wizzle Showcase assistant director.

At ALA Girls Nation, Merrill participated in mock senate sessions complete with caucuses and debating bills that range from personal to political interests. Other activities on the agenda included a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a community service project, and a tour of the D.C. monuments.

 

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