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Local girls elected at Girls State competition

ALBANY — Twelve girls from Dougherty and Lee counties recently attended Girls State at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

Attending were Chauntoria McCray, Jessica Rehberg, Stephanie Rehberg, Saralyn Wilson, Morgan Miller, Emily Brunson, Rachel Clenney, Me’Shae Johnson, Chartasia Singleton, Ashley Moates, Peyton West and Kelsey Jones.

The girls were representing American Legion Auxiliary from American Legion Post 30 in Albany.

Girls State is a national program of the American Legion Auxiliary and is a course of instruction in, as well as a practical application of, the fundamental principles and procedures of city, county and state government.

A five-day is conducted by each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with the top-ranking high school girls as citizens. Under the guidance of counselors and other staff members, the girls learn and then practice through self-government, the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship.

Georgia Girls State is sponsored, as it has been since 1945, by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Georgia with local Auxiliary units and interested civic, fraternal and patriotic organizations cooperating.

“The post is extremely proud of the girls participation and accomplishments,” said Maxine Henderson, Girls State chairperson for American Legion Auxiliary in Albany.

“We were so proud of all of them.”

Henderson said Stephanie Rehberg was elected to to state office as Supreme Court justice. Brunson was elected as judge of Probate Court. Jones and Moates were elected as district attorney and city councilman, respectively.

Stephanie Rehberg and Brunson were also chosen city council members before they advanced to county and state office. Jessica Rehberg and Chariasia Singleton also ran for office. McCray was involved in the city council and Miller served on the county health commission. Moates got a bill passed mandating school safety during storms.

“We appreciate all of the parents’ support with a special thanks to Lynn Miller for helping (with transportation),” Henderson said.