Local students endorsed to attend Tar Heel Girls State

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Auxiliary Unit 342 has endorsed five girls who will attend the 78th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Tar Heel Girls State, held June 11 through 17 at Catawba College in Salisbury. All are rising seniors at Salisbury High School.

Attending this year’s session will be:

  • Autumn Ulrich, daughter of Vernard “Roy” Ulrich, III and Rebecca Laughter Ulrich. Autumn is a junior member of the Unit 342 Auxiliary, a member of Sacred Heart Church, the National Honor Society and Girl Scout troop 535. Autumn is active in many other clubs and organizations, whose goals are to help children, military families, and the environment. Autumn believes in service to others and community, and gives her time generously to many programs while always keeping to her own standards of excellence.
  • Mary McCullough, daughter of Wendy Roueche and Craig McCullough. Mary is a member of the Key Club, Club Red, the Junior Civitans and the varsity volleyball team.
  • Callie Kirchin. Callie serves as the vice president of the junior class. Callie is an active member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Callie is a cheerleader and is involved in the Key Club, the STEM program and Crosby Scholars. Callie is actively involved in her youth group at St. John’s Lutheran Church where she has participated in multiple community service projects. This summer, Callie will be traveling on a mission trip to Guatemala with her youth group. Callie aspires to obtain a bachelor’s degree from a North Carolina University.
  • Anna Patel. Anna is president of the Salisbury High Junior Civitan Club, and has served for the last two years as lieutenant governor of the Junior Civitan West District in North Carolina. Anna is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in student government. Anna is president of the American Red Cross Club Red and has been a member of Key Club. Anna participates on the Salisbury High School swim team, cross-country team and track team. Anna is very active at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the youth group and has participated in mission trips and service activities. Anna has also volunteered with Rowan Helping Ministries, Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity Restore and Waterworks Art Center.
  • Mary Caroline Kaufmann, daughter of Greg and Elizabeth Kaufmann. Mary is a member of the varsity cross-country team, the varsity swim team, Junior Civitan Club, Key Club, National Honor Society and is a Rowan County Student Leader.

Top North Carolina government officials are among the distinguished leaders who will address students at Tar Heel Girls State this summer.

During the event, students hold city city meetings where they organize their local government. The development of two fictitious political parties including party platforms, campaigns and conventions culminates with the statewide election of a slate of state officers. Parliamentary procedure is used to conduct all sessions, including legislative assemblies where bills and resolutions are drafted for the General Assembly.

The installation of officers, talent show and Tar Heel Girls State Chorus are highlights of the week’s activities. Tar Heel Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of North Carolina.