FoSBA Friends of Susan B. Anthony, Gainesville, Florida

In 2006 FoSBA began sponsorship of a local girl to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State in Tallahassee. This program takes girls going into their senior year of high school who have shown promise of leadership and interest in citizenship and gives them a week’s experience in how government works by creating their own state – legislative, executive and judicial functions – and have an opportunity to learn more about the Florida state legislature.

This list is the names of the girls since 2006 who have been financed by FoSBA and the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 16. All the preliminary activities, interviews, selection and management of the Girls State activities in Tallahassee are handled by the Auxiliary.

2014: Kylie Denning, PKY
2014: Joni Perkins, Santa Fe
2014: Victoria Roe, St. Michaels
2013: Jordan Dailey, PKY
2012: Julia LeBron, PKY
2012: Ashley Wilt, Buchholz
2011: Gentry Allen, PKY
2011: Emily Davis, Cornerstone Academy
2011: Christina Estevez, PKY
2011: Amanda Krpan, PKY
2010: Tabitha Hickmon, GHS
2010: Rhonda Myers, Buchholz
2010: Ellie Portillo, PKY
2009: Calli Breil, PKY
2008: Jessica Muni, Cornerstone Academy
2007: Juliana Hughes, GHS
2007: Edie Joseph, Buchholz
2006: Bianca Gras, PKY

Ten FoSBA members have been identified so far as also having been Girls State attendees in their high school years:

Gert Desjardin, MN, 1948

June Littler, NV, 1948

Dot Whittle, FL, 1948

Barbara Scott, FL, 1950

Bliz Feldherr, NJ 1950

Margaret Boonstra, IN, 1951

Betty Attie, 1952

Margaret Zircher, TN, 1954

Janet Jamieson, VT, 1957

Kathy Kidder, WI, 1957

Michelle Ott, NJ, 1973

Natalie Williams-King, FL, 2004

From left: Former Girls Staters: June Littler, Kathy Kidder, Barbara Scott, Margaret Boonstra, Florida 2013 Alachua County Girls State Representative Jordan Dailey, and Michelle Ott, Dot Whittle, Gert Desjardin.

2013: From left: Former Girls Staters: June Littler, Kathy Kidder, Barbara Scott, Margaret Boonstra, Florida 2013 Alachua County Girls State Representative Jordan Dailey, and Michelle Ott, Dot Whittle, Gert Desjardin.

 

Former Girls Staters Margaret Boonstra, Barbara Scott, Janet Jamieson; this year's Girls Staters Kylie Denning (and her mother), Joni Perkins (and her mother); former Girls Staters, June Littler, Bliz Feldherr, Betty Attie, Gert Desjardin

2014: Former Girls Staters Margaret Boonstra, Barbara Scott, Janet Jamieson; this year’s Girls Staters Kylie Denning (and her mother), Joni Perkins (and her mother); former Girls Staters, June Littler, Bliz Feldherr, Betty Attie, Gert Desjardin

 

Look for the Girls State display at the next meeting.