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ALA Girls State is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program in which American Legion Auxiliary members guide young women to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom, democracy and patriotic citizens.

Scholarships Awarded
Every year, $300,000 in Samsung American Legion Scholarships are awarded to nearly 100 American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State participants. These scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, room, and board.  This application is completed online and is due by midnight June 10, 2021.  This application is also a fillable form on the website and must be completed online.  The application will be updated when National has changed it on their websites. Make sure you have proof of your Veterans military service, typically their DD214. 

Applicants must be high school juniors who attend either American Legion Auxiliary Girls State or American Legion Boys State.Applicants must be direct descendants (i.e., child, grandchild, great-grandchild, or legally adopted child) of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion.Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration.Scholarship winners are selected based on academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service, and financial need.

The 2020-2021 American Legion Auxiliary Syringa Girls State Board

  • Chairman -- Jo-Ann Rasmussen
  • Vice Chairman -- Sarah Brown
  • Director -- Shannon Clements
  • Recording Secretary -- Lianne Kubs
  • Session Coordinator -- Kamryn Shepherd
  • Treasurer -- Kristal Tighe
  • 1st District Board Members -- Joie Weinclaw / Jo-Ann Rasmussen
  • 2nd District Board Members -- Jinny Cash / Pearl Bentley
  • 3rd District Board Members -- Amanda Benoit / Evelyn Cooper
  • 4th District Board Members -- Carmen Metzer / Carol Dalton
  • 5th District Board Members -- Sarah Brown / Jenna Munsee
  • 6th District Board Members -- Carolyn Weston / Barbara Gehring
  • 7th District Board Members -- Toni Gimpel / Bird Derrick
  • 8th District Board Members -- Lianne Kubs / Jan Johnson
  • 9th District Board Members -- Julie Taylor / Pamela Mann

2020 - 2021 Girls State Information and Documents

2020 Unit Checklist: 

202 Unit Checklist

2020 Unit Guide: 

2020 Unit Guide

2020 Interview Information Form: 

2020 Interview Information Form

2020 Interview Instructions: 

2020 Interview Instructions

2020 Dress Code: 

Idaho Syringa Girls State Dress Code.docx

2020 Class Info: 

2020 Poli Sci Court Information Form

2020 Registration Form: 

2020 Poli Sci Registration Form

Purpose Statement
To provide an outstanding, unique, and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of our nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government through the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation citizenship training programs.

Girls who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who have at least one more semester remaining are considered. Previous participants of a Girls State competition are not allowed to attend a second session. Only those who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community should be considered. Merit and ability are the basis for evaluation during the actual citizens selection process.

Auxiliary units in in Idaho proudly host American Legion Auxiliary Syringa Girls State, an amazing week of learning focused on responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Students are assigned to mock cities where, divided into the “Federalist Party” and “Nationalist Party,” they are immersed into learning about the political process from dedicated volunteers, making sure the program’s nonpartisan governmental, patriotic and civic objectives are carried out with intense learning along with some fun. The program's staff also stay vigilant about raising the girls’ awareness of the importance of service, particularly to our veterans, their families and their communities.

For more information please contact The American Legion Auxiliary, Syringa Girls State Session Coordinator.  The contact information is: 
   Kamryn Shepherd
   Phone 208-353-0006
   email: idahoalagssecretary@gmail.com

Idaho Syringa Girls State Website:  https://idahogirlsstate.wordpress.com/ 

The 2020 Director is Shannon Clements and she can be reached at: sclements09@gmail.com