Washington, D.C.—7/26/13—A rising senior from Green Valley High School was elected vice president of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation 2013 during Wednesday’s session.Yujin Seo of Henderson, NV., 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. Seo has plans to study law in college. She is a member of her school’s speech and debate team, involved in Nevada Youth Legislature, and interned for the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Seo is active in her community with Spread the Word Nevada and set up a group that raises money for Half the Sky. She enjoys debate, speech, and writing. She was awarded 2nd place at the Harvard Debate Council International Public Forum Championships and placed in the top 25 at the Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley.Having not traveled much, Seo said Girls Nation has been a virtual tour of the United States. “I have met women with different dialects, accents, and different issues that they care about and this has been an educational and eye opening experience”. During her whistle stop campaigns she told her fellow senators, “We should all learn more about our country and our government and really become more responsible citizens in the democratic process.”Seo 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, connections 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 Yujin Seo 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.###
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