WASHINGTON, D.C. —7/25/14—A rising senior from South High School was elected vice president of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation 2014.
Ogechi Obed of Torrance, Calif., was elected by her peers—97 other “senators” from 49 states who were carefully selected to attend ALA Girls Nation at the 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
Back home, Obed is active in her high school in many ways, including the California Scholarship Federation, Speech and Debate (Forensics), and Amnesty International. In her limited free time, she gives back to the Academy for the Performing Arts St. Vincent DePaul. Obed has received many awards that include An Academic Letter, League Champion in Parliamentary Debate and President of Debate. She enjoys piano playing and reading and is interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research.
“You get to advocate for the girls of this nation; you have an important part in making their voices heard, and I really want to be of service to them,” said Obed when asked what it was that led her to the ballot. Obed is inspired to be all that she can be by her grandmother, a native of Nigeria. She describes her as a trailblazer and peacemaker with some examples such as bringing two rival Nigerian tribes together, making sure her children received the best education and learning four different languages.
Obed took her oath of office July 24 on Capitol Hill, administered by American Legion Auxiliary National President Nancy Brown-Park.
Each American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation delegate represents her home state as a senator. The senators caucus at the beginning of the session, organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the legislative procedures of the U.S. Senate.
American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation is a premier leadership conference designed to provide practical insight into the workings of government, to instill a sense of pride and loyalty in America, to empower young women to become leaders, and to create friendships, connections and memories that last a lifetime.###