Washington, D.C.—7/26/13—A young woman of character and conviction rose to the top of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation 2013 when she was elected president during Wednesday’s session.A rising senior at Smithsburg High School, Attiya Latif of Hagerstown, MD., 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. Latif is captain of the academic team, a member of the debate team, and the founder and president of COEXIST, a club that promotes ethnic, cultural, and religious acceptance. Latif has many achievements, including Maryland State Champion of the American Legion Oratorical Competition and holding the position of Vice-President of the National Honor Society. She enjoys writing and reading poetry and public speaking. Latif is undecided of her future career choice; however, is considering either government or the medical field.“I don’t define my experience at Girls Nation by getting the primary vote and running for office”, said Latif, but rather by the amount of comradery between the girls and communities here”. “visiting Arlington National Cemetery really showed me how lucky I am to be in a country where people lived and died for our country”.Latif took her oath of office yesterday on Capitol Hill, administered by American Legion Auxiliary National President Peggy Thomas.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 proper legislative procedures according to 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 and to create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide. The Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, the military and their families is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and National Headquarters. ###For more information on ALA Girls Nation or to arrange an interview with Attiya Latif while in Washington, D.C., contact: Stacy Poca - Cell phone: 317-250-4960; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information and photo galleries available at www.facebook.com/ALAGirlsNation. High resolution digital images available upon request.
"Just knowing an organization like the American Legion Auxiliary exists, providing support to our military and our families even when we're gone, makes a world of difference."
- ALA member and Indiana National Guard Col. Marilyn Moores