Six New Haven Students Headed To Girls State

Pictutred Front Row: L to R: Erin Scheer, Emma Borcherding, and Kathy Jasper; Back Row: L to R: Maddie Fleer, Lauren Bergner, and Dakota Schroeder. (Photo courtesy of NHHS)

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 366 of New Haven is sponsoring six delegates to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State June 21 – 27, 2015 to be held at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

Contributors along with Unit 366 are Town & Country Women’s Club and Post 366 Sons of the American Legion.

Missouri Girls State is an intensive week of government study and Americanism training.  Americanism is the study of proper flag etiquette, the respect that the American flag is due and a greater awareness of its importance and significance in American History.

Missouri Girls State History:

Missouri Girls State (MGS) was first established in 1940 as one of 11 Girls State programs in the nation. The first session was held at William Woods University (then College), Fulton, in the summer of 1940 under the direction of Lutie Long Smith.

There were 213 citizens in attendance the first year and Juanita Curry was elected Governor. The citizens were divided into 3 counties -- Scott, Price, and Barton; and there were six cities -- Pershing, Koontz, Boone, Crowder, Lewis, and Clark. MGS was located at William Woods for 17 sessions, with no sessions held in 1943 and 1945 due to war.

Following a fire at the college in 1959, MGS transferred to Christian College, Columbia, in 1960. In 1961, the program moved to Stephens College, Columbia, due to the need for a larger facility. The program returned again to William Woods University in 1976, where it remained until 1998 when it moved to Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg (now University of Central Missouri).

Currently, MGS has 760 citizens in 7 counties and 21 cities. Our cities and counties are named after famous or important people to the American Legion Auxiliary and the State of Missouri or those individuals who have contributed in some way to the success of the Missouri Girls State program.