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The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 641, of Orchard, has chosen OHS juniors Jenna Joens and Zoe Wynohrad to attend the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State meeting to be held June 16 - June 21, 2019, on the campus of Drake University, Des Moines.

Throughout the week-long session, participants campaign for office, create party platforms, hold city, county and state elections and run their own cities. In addition to the political activities, they hear from motivational speakers, local elected officials, and state elected leaders. The week culminates with the Inauguration of the newly elected Girls State officials on Friday evening, June 21.

Jenna is the daughter of Brenda and Daryl Joens. She has a sister, Bailey, and a brother, Jackson. She attends Osage High School and is involved in Osage volleyball, club volleyball, JFK Dance, Osage Dance Team, NHS, and cheerleading. After graduation, she wants to attend the University of Iowa for nursing and then attend the Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Zoe is the daughter of Tony and Laura Wynohrad. She has a sister, Anna, and the family is hosting Manar, a foreign exchange student. Zoe attends Osage High School, is a cheerleader for football and wrestling, and is involved in concert band, marching band, state dance team and National Honor Society. She also works at the CRC as a lifeguard and at Tres Amigos as a hostess. She is active in her church as a volunteer. After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year college for biochemistry and work as a medical laboratory scientist.

Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and staffed by women who volunteer their time for this week of government training. Girls State has produced more successful women than any other girls’ citizenship training program in the country.

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