Caroline Couch of Hernando, a student at the Hutchinson School in Memphis, is one of 100 young women selected to attend the 73rd American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session July 20-27 in Washington, D.C.
As part of the premier ALA program, two outstanding high school seniors are selected to represent their respective state as “senators” at ALA Girls Nation after participating in one of 50 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country.
ALA Girls Nation is a seven-day leadership conference that provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into how the federal government operates, instills a sense of pride in our country and promotes youth civic engagement. Many participants of the program go on to have careers in public service at the local, state and national level.
Couch, a senior at Hutchinson School, was active in many ways during her week at ALA Tennessee Girls State. She also participates in many activities in her school and community.
At ALA Girls Nation, Couch will participate in mock senate sessions complete with caucuses and debating bills that range from personal to political interests. Other activities on the agenda include a visit to the White House, a meeting with state senators on Capitol Hill, a community service project with U.S. VETS, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a tour of the D.C. monuments.
“ALA Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation’s future leaders to learn about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” said Norma Tramm, ALA Girls Nation Committee chairman. “After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls return home ready to be engaged citizens at all levels of government.”
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) helps to advance the mission of The American Legion. With more than 600,000 members, it is one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of veterans, military and their families. ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value averaging $1 billion each year. From helping to draft the GI Bill in 1944 to advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, The American Legion Family has been instrumental in advancing legislation that improves the quality of life for our nation’s veterans.