Girls State - Abbie Evavold & Hope Haarstad
Juniors Abbi Evavold and Hope Haarstad were chosen by the Ashby American Legion Auxiliary to represent Ashby High School at Girls State on June 11-17, 2017, at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Abbie is the daughter of Jill and Jeremy Evavold. She is 17 years old. In school she is involved in volleyball, softball, basketball, FFA, mock trial, choir, band, yearbook staff, and student council. Abbie states that she likes being a leader and that she likes how our government works. However, she would like to make everyone’s voice heard and listen to different ideas. She feels that our justice system is pretty well put together but there are several areas that could use some work. In her spare time, Abbie spends time with her family and her friends. After graduation she plans to attend college to become a Dental Hygienist.
Hope is the daughter of Nicole Graff and Amund Haarstad. She is 17 years old. In school she is involved in mock trial, choir, elementary yearbook editor, and writes articles for the school newspaper. She likes being a leader and setting a good example. Hope thinks that our government needs improvement and would improve it by making her voice heard and standing up for what she believes in. She believes that our justice system could be improved, but overall it is very effective. In her spare time Hope likes to be with her family and hang out with her friends. After graduation from high school she plans to go to college and become a Flight Attendant and eventually start a family.
For the past 69 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored and operated the American Legion Auxiliary Minnesota Girls State Program. This program is for girls from around the entire state who have completed their junior year in high school. It is an interactive program teaching Minnesota government on how to form city, county, and state government offices. They vote for and carry out elected and appointed positions in government. This program gives participants the experience of living together as self-governing citizens with the privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship, plus gaining knowledge of the American Legion Auxiliary.
National Honor Society (NHS) is a recognition program for high school students in grades 10 through 12. NHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
A student is nominated based on academic achievement. After filling out an application and being accepted, the student becomes a member of the local chapter at an induction ceremony held every spring. Members must then conduct a servce project for the school or community either by themselves or as a group.
Advisor: Paula Wojcik
2017-2018 Induction Ceremony