Special speakers to highlight celebration

About 500 girls who are high school juniors are expected to participate in Hoosier Girls State at Trine University as the program celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Held from June 19-25, Hoosier Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, aims to provide an educational opportunity that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government with a focus on Indiana state government at the city, county and state levels. Citizenship, not politics, is emphasized during the program.

“The girls go home with so much more confidence than they came in with,” said Jane Thurston, assistant government director. “They understand how the process works in the state of Indiana as far as lawmaking goes, and I think they understand that it’s important that women become more involved in that process. Hopefully we will have more women joining the legislature and making those laws.”

A banquet Friday evening, June 24, for Hoosier Girls State participants, families and alumni will celebrate the program’s 75th anniversary. Speakers will include Hoosier Girls State alumnae Blair Milo, mayor of LaPorte, Indiana, and Virginia Clark, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Longtime volunteers and past attendees who have served as Hoosier Girls State governors or been selected to attend Girls Nation also will be recognized.

Trine University has hosted Hoosier Girls State since 2013.

The participants will be housed and supervised in Trine’s air-conditioned residential housing.