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Washington, D.C. – A young woman of character and conviction rose to the top of the 70th session of American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation when she was elected president 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.
A rising senior at Keller High School, Emmy Bribiesca of Keller, TX, was elected by her peers — 99 other “senators” from 50 states who were carefully selected to attend ALA Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. Bribiesca took her oath of office Wednesday 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.
Bribiesca is involved in Health Occupational Students of America, student council, and an active volunteer with Christian Community Storehouse. She is also a member of the KHS Cross Country/Track team. A few of her academic accomplishments include Texas HOSA State President, West Point Summer Leadership Experience Outstanding Leadership Award Recipient, and Keller ISD Hall of Fame All-State Athlete. Bribiesca shares that her future goals include obtaining an appointment to the United States Military academy and joining the Army.
When asked about her ALA Girls Nation experience, Bribiesca said, “ALA Girls Nation has really taught me that our words and our behaviors can have a huge impact on others, even if we don’t know we’re making that impact. I’m definitely going to be looking out for more ways to be more positive towards others back in my hometown. I think that will not only help me build my character, but help me help others.”
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.