A Glenville State College student is encouraging others to participate in the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State (RGS) if they have the opportunity. GSC Senior Elementary and Early Education major Angelica Hoskinson of Clarksburg attended this year’s event, which was held June 14th-20th at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Harrison County native served on the RGS staff for the fourth year after being a citizen in 2005 from Liberty High School. Hoskinson served as a junior counselor, helped with the RGS Choir, and put together the slideshow for the final assembly.
RGS is a week-long program that trains up to 400 rising high school senior girls from across the state in the areas of leadership, citizenship, and patriotism as well as the importance of community involvement. The girls run for office and hold positions in city, county, and state government and take classes in public safety, college prep, and professional development. “Girls State instilled in me a sense of pride in my state and country. I developed better leadership skills while making connections with outstanding women of all ages. I am one of four staff members who attended RGS as a citizen in 2005, and we all hope to continue serving on the RGS staff for years to come,” said Hoskinson.
Glenville State College was also represented at the Rhododendron Girls State College and Career Fair. GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley had time to talk to each girl about the different programs and activities on GSC’s campus. “I believe the fair was a success. Many of the girls showed much interest in Glenville State College. These girls are the top of their class and would be a great addition to GSC,” Duelley said.
American Legion Auxiliary posts in Washington, D.C. and Delaware launched the first Girls State in 1937. The Rhododendron Girls State followed soon after in 1941. Since then, the program has been operated completely by volunteers comprised of American Legion Auxiliary members, former Girls State citizens, instructional and support personnel. The Girls are selected by their local posts and high school guidance counselors. The expenses associated with this program are paid for by a sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary Post, a local business, or another community-based organization. Announcements are now being made about those selected to attend next year’s program.