Garretson Legion Auxiliary Unit #23 Girls State

74rd SESSION - University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 2020

A Brief History of ALA SD Girls State

Back in the depression ridden days of the early 30s, the American Legion grew concerned over public statements to the effect that Democracy was "on the skids." How, it wondered, could America train its young people in the processes of self government as effectively as Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany seemed to be training their youth in the totalitarian forms of government. Deciding the best way to learn was by practicing it, American Legionnaires began, in 1935, gathering teenage representatives together for a few days each summer in a citizenship training program on the processes of city, county and state Government. They called it "Boys State." As the program succeeded and spread throughout the United States, the American Legion Auxiliary began a similar program for girls. Thus "Girls State" was authorized in 1937-38, and is now established in 50 Departments in our Nation.

American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State was founded at Mitchell in 1947. It met regularly each year on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University until 1985, when it was moved to the campus of South Dakota State University, Brookings. In 2002, the program was moved to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. It is under the sponsorship of South Dakota Department of the American Legion Auxiliary. From an enrollment of 117 girls in 1947, ALA SD Girls State has grown to its present enrollment of over 400 girls.


2019 Garretson Girls Staters

Aftyn Heitkamp, Rachel Kindt, Madisen Nordstrom, Nobel Nothstine, Riley Altman, Jayden Clark, Aliah Lymon, not pictured Angel Larson

2018 Garretson Girls Staters

Emily Erickson

2017 Garretson Girls Staters

Madison Northrup, Emily Malsom, Victoria Lippert (German exchange student)

Others attending: Caitlyn Trower, Amayah Ockenga, Becca Wieland, Myranda Folland

2016 Garretson Girls Staters

Macy Bohl, Kindra Clark, Brandy Greenhoff, Kaley Flanagan, Grace Homer

2015 Garretson Girls Staters

Peyton Heitkamp, Lara Luke, Jaden Bly

2014 Garretson Girls Staters

Bailey Willems, Brianna Mudder, Lydia Olson

2013 Garretson Girls Staters

Kaitlyn Thorson, Mikayla Gilbert, Hope Goode, Kara Ellefson

2012 Garretson Girls Staters

Cassidiy Powell, Casey Matthieson

2011 Garretson Girls Staters

Taylor Clark, Lindsey Etrheim, Aryn Holleran, Baylee Johnson, Lindsey Luke

2010 Garretson Girls Staters

Morgan Ellefson, Erica Ode, Lindsey Fiegen, Miranda Borstad

2009 Garretson Girls Staters

Angela Schultz, Kayli Stensland, Kayla Wieskus

2008 Garretson Girls Staters

Mirian Perryman, Sally Nussbaum, Sarah Nussbaum

2007 Garretson Girls Staters

Bobby Jo Cauwe, Rebecca Linneweber

2006 Garretson Girls Staters

Dawn Hentges, Leah Stensland, Darcy Sievert

2005 Garretson Girls Staters

Brandi Pierret, Stacy Stoterau

2004 Garretson Girls Staters

Lindsey Sievert, Sarah Hanson, Mandy Ellefson

alt. Naomi Albers

2003 Garretson Girls Staters

Nicole Etrheim, Lucinda Albers

alt: Brittany Nussbaum

2002 Garretson Girls Staters

Amanda Jacobson, Melisssa Lyngen

alt: Connie Junker

2001 Garretson Girls Staters

Lacy Cooper, Dena Christensen

alt: Holly Smith

2000 Garretson Girls Staters NONE

1999 Garretson Girls Staters

Patricia Winterton, Kimberly Koch

1998 Garretson Girls Staters

Jody Liester, Erica Quissell

alt: Angela Irvine

1997 Garretson Girls Staters

Mandy Nesheim, Sherry Happel

alt: Bobbie Bennett

1996 Garretson Girls Staters

Amy Liester, Angela McClain

alt: Amanda Machmiller

1995 Garretson Girls Staters

Julie Clark, Rebecca Engebretson

alt: Sara Engelbrecht

1994 Garretson Girls Staters

Sally Liester, Wendy Pierret

alt: Tina Nesheim

1993 Garretson Girls Staters

Susan Happel, Jamie Stiefvator

alt: Jennie Willems

**SUSAN HAPPEL--GIRL'S NATION ASSOC. JUSTICE SUPREME COURT

1992 Garretson Girls Staters

Shawn Quamen, Victoria Dubbelde

alt: Kristin Sylliaasen

**VICTORIA DUBBELDE GIRL'S NATION ASST. GENERAL CRIMINAL DIVISION

1991 Garretson Girls Staters

Laura Anderson, Valerie Frerk

alt: Jessica Barg

1990 Garretson Girls Staters

Rhonda Jensen, Tammy McClain

alt: Susan Hammer, Carin Dorsman

1989 Garretson Girls Staters

Nicole Nussbaum, Nicole Hermanson

alt: Lisa Bonte

1988 Garretson Girls Staters

Michelle Frerk, Carla Dorsman

alt: Cathy Engebreton

1987 Garretson Girls Staters

Lisa Nussbaum, Susan Hokenstad

alt: Becky Andrescik

1986 Garretson Girls Staters

Mary Engebretson, Lori Lundquist

alt: Theresa Schwab

1985 Garretson Girls Staters

Tammy Biever

alt: Gennie Haggerty

1984 Garretson Girls Staters

Janice Martens

alt: Elizabeth Johnson

1983 Garretson Girls Staters

Julie Hillestad

alt: Melanie Stoltenberg

1982 Garretson Girls Staters

Susan Lowe

alt: Nancy Olson

1981 Garretson Girls Staters NONE

1980 Garretson Girls Staters

Darcy Plahn

alt: Julie Martens

1979 Garretson Girls Staters

Lori Engelbrecht

alt: Beverly Julson

1978 Garretson Girls Staters

Deborah Davis

alt: Susan Garry

1977 Garretson Girls Staters

Kay Selland, Nancy Nussbaum

alt: Laurie Johnson,Sharon Frevik

1976 Garretson Girls Staters

Loretta Schneider, Judy Hove

alt: Kristi Winterton, Carol Heesch

1975 Garretson Girls Staters

Beth Engebretson, Lois Brandt

alt: Karen Quamen, Ruth Bjorneberg

1974 Garretson Girls Staters

Becky Wick, Pamela Julson

alt: Karen Erickson, Carol Johnson

1973 Garretson Girls Staters

Sue Bly, April Schreurs

alt: Colleen Posey, Kathy Dubbelde

1972 Garretson Girls Staters

Dawn Froseth, Debbie Sundem

alt: Lurene Bonte, Jill Plahn

1971 Garretson Girls Staters

Julie Docken, Mable Johnson

alt: Michelle Miller

1970 Garretson Girls Staters

Marelen Braa, Linda Koch

alt: Becky Frerk

1969 Garretson Girls Staters

Jane Selland

alt: Jean Liester

1968 Karen Hatlestad

alt: Shirley Winterton

1967 Garretson Girls Staters

Carmen Foster

1966 Garretson Girls Staters

Mary Johnson

alt: Alice Winterton

1995 Garretson Girls Staters

Paulette Johnson

alt: Dixie Hollister

1994 Garretson Girls Staters

Arlys Nelson

alt: Mary Donavon

1963 Garretson Girls Staters

Pamela Nordstrom

alt: Barbara Plahn

1962 Garretson Girls Staters

Judy Tveiddt

alt: Glenda Biddle

1960 Garretson Girls Staters

Diane Etreim

alt: Susan DeSchepper

1959 Garretson Girls Staters

Linda Williamson

alt: Rozella Larson

1958 Garretson Girls Staters

Sharon Plahn

1957 Garretson Girls Staters

LaVonne Karli

1956 Garretson Girls Staters

Janet Hoven

1948-1955 Garretson Girls Staters None

**1st**

1947 Garretson Girls Staters

Waneta Froseth