Harrison High School senior Elizabeth Kagan is one of 100 young women selected to attend the 72nd American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session July 21-28 in Washington, D.C.
The seven-day leadership conference provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into how the federal government operates, instills a sense of pride in our 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.
Kagan was active in many ways during her week at ALA Michigan Girls State, a precursor to the national program. At Harrison, she has served as cross country team captain and on Student Council, and starred as “Tracy Turnblad” in the school’s 2018 spring musical, “Hairspray.” She also volunteers for The Friendship Circle, which provides friendship and inclusion for people with disabilities.
At ALA Girls Nation, Kagan will participate in mock senate sessions complete with caucusing and debating of bills that range in topic from personal to political interests. Other activities on the agenda include a visit to the White House where the senators will meet the President, a meeting with state senators on Capitol Hill, a community service project, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a tour of the D.C. monuments, and a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“ALA Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation’s future leaders to learn about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” Lisa Chaplin, ALA Girls Nation chairman, said in a press release. “After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls return home ready to be engaged citizens at all levels of government.”