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ELKINS, W.Va. – The Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State began the week with over 300 girls from high schools all over the state making the journey to Davis and Elkins College. The week-long event will give the students a look into Americanism, citizenship, and leadership.

“Not only do they make lifelong friendship but they make lifelong connections often times they’ll room with their roommate from girl state in college,” said Rosemary Thomas, assistant director of Girls State. “Often times they chose a different major things of that nature because of this week and it exposed them to something they would have otherwise not known about.”

Students will have seminars and lectures throughout the week, exposing them to about the workings of politics and also teaching them leadership skills.

Senator Shelly Moore Capito spoke at the event. “I think a lot of it is confidence building. And that what girls state does…