EHS students to learn of politics
Estelle Montgomery has a healthy interest in politics.
The Eudora High School senior-to-be worked on the campaign that helped get Brenda Clark elected to the Eudora Board of Education in April. During her 2000-2001 junior year at Eudora High, Montgomery picked the topic of politics for an English research paper.
Now, Montgomery will continue to learn about her place in politics by attending Girls' State, June 3-9 at Kansas University. Montgomery said she hoped to learn more about her passion and use that knowledge after she graduates from EHS next year.
"I'm interested in something in the line of politics," she said. "Maybe not a political office but something behind the scenes, maybe analyzing or consulting."
That same week, EHS senior-to-be Matt Clark will attend Boys' State at Emporia State University. The following week, Clark will attend a law enforcement academy in Salina.
Girls' State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and Boys' State by the American Legion. Each year, local chapters select area students to attend the seminars to help build leadership skills and educate students about political and law enforcement offices.
Clark said law enforcement was a topic he selected for his junior English paper and said he looked forward to attending the seminars.
"I thought it would be a good opportunity for me," Clark said. "It looked fun so I thought I'd try it out."
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary each selected 13 students from Douglas County schools to attend the seminars. Students were required to submit an application, but also had to endure interviews with their sponsors.
Montgomery said there was "good competition" between the girls applying for a shot at Girls' State. She was interviewed by members of the auxiliary and was able to share her political viewpoints.
"I don't mind talking politics with people," Montgomery said. "Seventeen-year-old girls and 60-year-old ladies have different views on politics."
Though he plans on learning through the experience, Clark said he has another agenda while attending Boys' State.
"To make friends," he said.