Last week, I had the privilege of attending the annual American Legion Auxillary Cornhusker Girls State Seminar. It was a week filled with informational activities, new friends, exciting tours, and service activities. One of my favorite activities that we participated in was helping read books to kids at a local daycare. It was fun to get out in the community and make a difference to those that we read to, even if there were only a handful of them. We had different keynote speakers every day, and they were all amazing and gave exceptional speeches. The speakers that I enjoyed most were Kay Orr, the first female governor of Nebraska, and Scott Frost. Yes, you read right, Scott Frost came and talked to the Boys and Girls State groups! I’ve never seen a group of teenagers jump up on their feet so quickly to cheer for someone. Girls State gave me the opportunity to learn more about our government and how to participate, even though I am not able to vote yet. We discussed different topics that were going on in the news, we voted for different girls to be elected to office, and we also created our own party platforms. All of the activities were outstanding, but the best part for me was making friends that will last a lifetime. You build bonds with many different girls that you wouldn’t have even met if it weren’t for Girls State. It was an action-packed week down in Lincoln, and I highly recommend for any junior to apply to this seminar. It is life-changing.