Girls State, Boys State participants honored

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Alexis Kiefer, Kailey Chaney, Kendall Young and Courtney Dziadek represented Sealy High School at the 2018 Bluebonnet Girls State held at Texas Lutheran University June 17-23. Clayton Ribardo from Sealy High School attended Boys State, held on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, the prior week. These students were honored with a hamburger supper on July 16 at the Legion Hall. Also in attendance were their parents.

Girls State is a 74-year-old program that teaches a practical application of Americanism and citizenship. Six hundred girls from across Texas came together to form cities with their own government and elected offices. These girls take a week out of their summer vacation to attend this program, which is totally funded by the Legion Auxiliary and community sponsors. The girls were introduced by Grace Holtkamp, who coordinates the Girls State Program. The sponsors this year were Citizen State Bank of Sealy, Sealy Rotary Club, Lenora and Paul Dronka and Sealy Lions.

Ribardo, who attended Boys State, was introduced by Legion Chaplin Rev. Lawrence Page, and shared his experiences at Boys State, a week long program involving approximately 1,000 young men from all parts of Texas. Ribardo thanked the Legion Post 442 for its support.

“These two programs will prove beneficial for these students when they enter their last year in high school,” Holtkamp said. “These young people will realize long after their experiences how important their experiences were. Hopefully next year Sealy High School will have more students attend these two programs. The audience was very impressed by the presentations made by the citizens of Girls State and Boys State and feel very strongly that these students will prove to be great citizens of our nation.”

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