On May 23, 2018, the annual Girls State Tea honoring delegates to attend the 2018 Girls State Session was hosted by the American Legion Post & Unit 731 Auxiliary in San Diego. The Girls State Program is a nonpartisan leadership program. San Diego County American Legion Auxiliaries honored 34 delegates chosen and sponsored by their various Posts to attend this year’s Girls State Session. Attending with the selected delegates and their parents were auxiliary members from 14 Posts representing District 22, San Diego County. This year’s Girls State Session is scheduled for June 25 – 30, at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. Escondido’s Post/Unit 149 American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring four delegates this year.
Pictured from left is Cathy Wathen, Auxiliary President, Melissa Vazquez (San Pasqual High), Gretchen Deal (Escondido Charter High), Maya Badrani (Mission Hills High, San Marcos), Maya Reid ( Escondido High), and Carol Halvorson, Girls State Chairperson.