Kelsey Cota selected as Girls State participant

Kelsey Cota

Kelsey Cota  has been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Iowa Girls State.  Cota was selected based on selection criteria through Auxiliary Unit 722 and her teachers at Waukon Senior High. Representing her state as a legislator, Cota will study local, county and state government processes in this nonpartisan political learning experience.
Cota will attend Girls State at Iowa State University from June 15-20. She is the daughter of Karen and Dave Cota of Harpers Ferry and will be a Senior this fall at Waukon Senior High.
Every summer, the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program provides approximately 25,000 young women with a hands-on educational opportunity designed to instruct tomorrow’s leaders in the privileges and duties of responsible citizenship.
Delegates receive special instruction in parliamentary procedure and organize themselves into two mythical parties. They then campaign, hold rallies, debate and ultimately vote to elect city, county, and state officials. Once elected to office, delegates are sworn in and perform their prescribed duties. Citizens not elected to office are given appointments and visit the offices of those elected to share their viewpoint as citizens.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest patriotic women’s service organization. With a membership  of nearly 850,000, local Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,500 communities nationwide. The Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, their families and their communities is carried out through it’s hundreds of outreach programs delivered by it’s members, volunteers, and National Headquarters.