Girls State, an annual event sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, brings together high school seniors from across Iowa for activities that promote leadership, patriotism and community. The 2019 Iowa Girls State will be held June 16-21 at Drake University.
Throughout the week at Girls state, those in attendance participate in a fictional self-governing state, elect leaders, write bills for debate and run a legislative session. They also interact with state representatives and senators and compete to attend the Girls National event in Washington, D.C.
Kasey Pelzer and Noa Sample will represent the Pleasantville Legion Ladies Auxiliary at the 2019 Iowa Girls State. They were nominated by Pleasantville High School faculty and selected by the Pleasantville American Legion Auxiliary. Both have demonstrated qualities of honesty, leadership, citizenship and rank in the upper part of their class. Their registration has been paid by the Pleasantville Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Pleasant Chapter O.E.S. #378.
Kasey Pelzer, daughter of Brad and Amber Wentz and Larry Pelzer, will be a senior at Pleasantville High School this fall. Kasey was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2018 and has attained Academic Honor Roll and Gold Honor Roll. She will be the Student Council President during the 2019-2020 school year. Kasey is involved with the Pleasantville dance and track teams and has letters in both sports. She has also been involved with rodeo since an early age and has received scholarships from her involvement. Her future plans after graduation are to attend the University of Iowa for physical therapy.
Noa Sample, daughter of Joe and Nicole Sample, will be a senior at Pleasantville High School this fall. Noa was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2018 and has attained the Academic Honor Roll, Gold Honor Roll and lettered in academics with three bars. She has played volleyball for three years and has attained a varsity letter and Academic All-Conference. Noa recently became a certified nursing assistant in the state of Iowa. Her future plans after graduation are to attend a university for pre-med.
Both Kasey and Noa are very excited about the opportunity to attend Girls State. They look forward to learning more about how the government works, along with meeting many other young women of their age.