Photo by Julia Hart
Sunnyside High School juniors selected as 2018 Girl States, from left to right, are alternates Angela Duarte and Giselle Garcia, and delegates Nora Cisneros-Toscano, Annete Alcantar and Trinity Hamil.
As of Wednesday, April 18, 2018
SUNNYSIDE A desire to understand the workings of government is the reason given by the high school juniors selected to represent their school at the 2018 Girls State Political Forum.
The delegates are Nora Cisneros-Toscano, Annete Alcantar and Trinity Hamil.
They will spend a week at the American Legion-sponsored Girls State event June 10-16 in Ellensburg.
Alcantar. 17, said her interest in politics, as well as her interest in gaining additional college credits drew her to the program which immerses the delegates directly into the inner workings of governmental life, from the first hour on Central Washington State University campus.
“I think I’ll gain a great appreciation for how our government works and that experience will be useful in my future life,” she said.
Cisneros-Toscano, the youngest of the delegates at 16, said greatest factor for her is the “…opportunity to be involved with a larger group of people, and share as a community.”
“Becoming stronger leaders is also a big plus,” she said.
Hamil, who is already earning her leadership chops at a ROTC battalion commander, said she plans to be involved in politics. “This opportunity will help me expand my horizons,” she said.
Should one of the delegates not be able to attend, either Duarte and Garcia will step up to participate in the intense week-long conference.
“I want to help other people, and this will give me an understanding of the process used to make that happen,” Duarte said.