For one week, she will become a citizen in an imaginary state, taking part in the political life of her community, primarily through campaigning for and electing city, county and state officers. She will learn the operation of government by participating in party caucuses and through the election process. Well-known speakers and other state, county and city officials, are expected to visit and to enlighten the young women on their civic responsibilities.
Curtis plans to campaign for the office of governor. She will speak to her sponsoring organization, Ashville‘s American Legion, and to other organizations upon invitation, about her experiences at the American Legion Auxiliary Alabama Girls State.
Curtis is the 17-year-old niece of Doyle and Kim Kay of Ashville and the daughter of Jeff and Anita Curtis of Trion, Ga. She was selected to attend Alabama Girls State because of her outstanding leadership.
“I am so excited,” Curtis said. “I was nominated and it is so wonderful, because I’ve never been able to be able to be part of anything like this. I’m excited about the opportunity to learn more about how our government works. I’m running for governor because I love making speeches. I’m really excited and think I can be really good at it.”
Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Alabama Girls State is a laboratory of practical government, a personal application of the duties, responsibilities and privileges of Americans.
Curtis is a member of the Senior Beta Club and Word Alive Church. She is the leader of First Priority at Ashville High, an A-B Honor Roll student and a participant of this year’s St. Clair County Junior Miss Program.
Once she graduates from high school next year, she plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is undecided about a major, but she is leaning toward the nursing field.