Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School Senior Huayu Gao, who attended the Missouri Girls State program this summer and was selected as one of the two “senators” to represent Missouri for the Girls Nation program in Washington, D.C.
Since 1947, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation program has provided aspiring young women leaders firsthand experience with practical insight into how the federal government works. Only two participants are chosen per state, as is true for elected U.S. senators.
During Girls Nation program, a week was spent creating a mock legislature, submitting bills and resolutions, participating in senate sessions, holding a national convention, and electing officials such as president and vice president. Special activities included visits to the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, monument tours and a day on Capitol Hill meeting with state senators and representatives.
Huayu Gao had the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. She also met U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri during her visit to Washington, D.C.