Young Greenwich residents excel in state

After the close of the school year, approximately 200 outstanding citizen leaders from across the state attend Connecticut Boys’ and American Legion Auxiliary Girls’ State programs including several from Greenwich.

This is the 72nd consecutive year these programs have been held in Connecticut and in 49 states across the nation.

In Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University hosts the programs. The week-long experience fully engages delegates from high schools all across the state having just completed their junior year to form their own town/city and state governments. Delegates are assigned to the Federalist or Nationalist parties and for a week learn the democratic process of government selecting their own leaders and making their own laws, culminated with the election of a governor, lieutenant governor, and state constitutional officers.

Two delegates are selected from each program to represent Connecticut at Boys’ and Girls’ Nation. That program, also sponsored by the American Legion, is held in July and follows a similar process whereby delegates learn from forming their own Federal government.

Greenwich delegations have always performed exceptionally well in this highly competitive and charged environment. This year was no exception. The Greenwich delegations for Girls State were Heather Desino, Samantha Salkin, Alexandra Small, Anne Walker, Fiona Young. The Boys State Greenwich delegations were Matthew Baptist, Thomas Morrisoe, Guillermo Perez and Zachary James.

Samatha Salkin and Alexandra Small both received nominations from their parties to be Senatorial candidates, the first step in a competitive process to be selected by Girls’ State staff to represent the state at Girls’ Nation. All 10 candidates wrote a bill for consideration and were interviewed by a Girls’ State staff panel on questions focusing on current state and Federal issues. Samantha and Alexandra were both selected as Girl’s Nation candidates. Sue Larsen, the director of Girls’ State, said, “Greenwich should be proudly smiling on the selection of Samantha and Alexandra to represent the state at Girls’ Nation. We are proud and privileged to have two outstanding delegates. They both stood out from their peers in the selection process.”

Guillermo Perez was selected by the Boys’ State staff as the recipient of the Bartlett award given to the Boys’ State “senator” who best exemplified the skills, character and demeanor that set an outstanding example in conduct of the affairs of the Boys’ State Senate.

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