Girl State

Haley Bowers and Megan Thoman attended the 67th Annual Sunflower Girls State session sponsored by the Kansas American Legion Auxiliary which is held on the KU campus in Lawrence each year. The week long government camp mirrors the Kansas Government with the 350 girls campaigning for city, county and state offices. The girls are assigned to counties which are made up of two cities on each dorm floor. Megan served on Cherokee City Park and Recreation planning Board and her Cherokee city was City-of-the-day and All-State City. She ran for the Kansas House of Representatives and passed the bar exam. Megan is the daughter of Mary and Lowell Thoman of Concordia. Haley ran for the House of Representative, won her election and then was elected Majority Whip. She carried 3 bills on the House floor at the Capital in Topeka. She also was awarded the Outstanding Representative of the House and the Imogene Hummel Sunflower Girl State Scholarship. Haley is the daughter of Charlie and Rep. Elaine Bowers of Concordia.
Sunflower Girl State began in 1939 and has been held annually in Lawrence except during World War II. The Concordia American Auxiliary Unit 76 sponsors staters every year and is open to all girls just finishing their junior year in high school. Gwen Trost is the Girl State Chairperson for the local unit which also has the largest number of members in Kansas with 539 women.