Washington, D.C. – A rising senior from Andover High School was elected Vice President of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation 2015 during Thursday’s session.
Hanna Watson of Andover, Kansas, was elected by her peers — 97 other “senators” from 49 states who were carefully selected to attend ALA Girls Nation in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Back home, Watson is active in her high school in many ways, including Theater/Thespian Troupe #3540-President, National Honor Society-President, and Varsity Track and Field. In her limited free time, she gives back to her community in the Kansas African American Museum and the Christmas in July Community Outreach Program. Watson has received many awards that include Wichita State University Shocker Leadership Academy Graduate, Kansas Playworks Competition winner for her original play “Earl Grey,” and Kansas Southwest Jurisdiction Youth Hall of Fame 2015 Recipient. She enjoys writing spoken word as well as singing and playing guitar and is interested in pursuing a career in Political Africana Studies.
Watson has shared that she was humbled to be chosen out a brilliant crop of young minds. During her campaign speech to her peers on Wednesday, she stated, “today I invite and implore you to be. Be the woman who looks past party affiliation, be the woman who makes sparks that light this Girls Nation on fire.” Watson took her oath of office today at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, administered by American Legion Auxiliary National President Janet Jefford.
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.
About the American Legion Auxiliary: Members of the American Legion Auxiliary, which was founded in 1919, have dedicated themselves to meeting the needs of the United States’ veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $3 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary 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 Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.