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Washington, D.C. – An outstanding leader and rising senior from Resurrection Christian School was elected vice president of the 70th session of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation on Wednesday. ALA Girls Nation is a premier leadership conference that provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into the workings of government, instills a sense of pride in our country, promotes youth civic engagement, and creates friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Alexa Holsten of Loveland, CO, was elected by her peers — 99 other “senators” from 50 states who were carefully selected to attend ALA Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. Holsten took her oath of office today on Capitol Hill, administered by Esther Kia’aina, assistant secretary for insular areas for the U.S. Department of Interior.
Each ALA Girls Nation delegate represents her home state as a senator. The senators caucus at the beginning of the session, organize into committees, elect a president and vice president, and conduct hearings on bills – allowing delegates to learn the proper legislative procedures according to the U.S. Senate.
Holsten volunteers regularly with organizations such as Living Rock Church and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Holsten competes as a member of the National Speech and Debate Association, performs within the theater program, and plays on the soccer team. She is currently considering a career as a prosecuting attorney or majoring in political science.
When asked what lead her to the ballot, Holsten said, “Experience is the way that we learn about our passions and the things we like the most. I knew I was interested in government but I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole election process. I’ve learned the most from failure in my life, and I figured I should just go ahead and go for it and even if I failed, I knew that I would still gain something from the experience. Just being able to run and have the opportunity fail was amazing.”
About the American Legion Auxiliary: Members of the ALA have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.###