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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, 2018.  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 2018-2019 American Legion Auxiliary Syringa Girls State Board

  • Chairman -- Jo-Ann Rasmussen
  • Vice Chairman -- Carolyn Weston
  • Director -- Kaylene Burtenshaw
  • Recording Secretary -- Lianne Kubs
  • Session Coordinator -- Cindy Woodman
  • Treasurer -- Mary Price
  • 1st District Board Members -- Joie Wienclaw
  • 2nd District Board Members -- Jinny Cash
  • 3rd District Board Members -- Amanda Radenz-Benoit
  • 4th District Board Members -- Carmen Metzer
  • 5th District Board Members -- Sarah Brown
  • 6th District Board Members -- Carolyn Weston
  • 7th District Board Members -- Toni Gimpel
  • 8th District Board Members -- Lianne Kubs
  • 9th District Board Members -- Julie Taylor

2019 Girls State Information and Documents

2019 Unit Checklist: 

2019 GS Unit Checklist.docx

2019 Unit Guide: 

2019 GS Unit Guide.docx

2019 Interview Information Form: 

2019 GS Interview Information Form.docx

2019 Interview Instructions: 

2019 GS Interview Instructions.docx

2019 Dress Code: 

Idaho Syringa Girls State Dress Code.docx

2019 Class Info: 

Class Info 2019.doc

2019 Registration Form: 

Boys-Girls State Registration Form.doc

2019 Idaho ALA GS Consent Packet: 

Idaho ALA GS 2019 Consent Packet.pdf

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:
   Cindy Woodman
   570 Richland Avenue
   Pocatello, Idaho 83201
   phone 208-589-2956
   email: IdahoALAGSsecretary@gmail.com

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

The 2019 Director is Kaylene Burtenshaw and she can be reached at: kyburtenshaw@gmail.com