Five Columbia girls will attend the Third Palmetto Girls State at the University of South Carolina Tuesday through Sunday of next week, according to Mrs. Irvine F. Belser, chairman and director of Girls State, which is sponsored by the American Legion auxiliary, department of South Carolina.
Richland Unit number 6, of which Mrs. Boyce Wideman is president, is sponsoring four girls and the fifth is being sent by Eau Claire Unit number 55, of which Mrs. S. I. Driggers is president. All are rising seniors in high school and all are outstanding girls.
The girls sent by the Columbia unit represent the three city high school as well as a county school. They are Minnie Carolyn White 1818 Bull Street, of Univeristy high school: Mary Ethel Johnson, 1406 Barnwell street, of Columbia high school; Marilyn Stanwyck Dickert, 1427 Hagood avenue, of Dreher high school; and Madge Black, Route 2, Blaney of Blaney high school.
Patricia Louise Hatfield of 4300 Windemere, who is sponsored by the Eau Claire unit of the auxiliary, lives in the Eau Claire section and is a student at Columbia high school.
The Columbia unit is providing the $25 free for two of the girls and a group of women interested in fostering good citizenship contributed the money for a third The Business and Professional Women’s club of Columbia is through the Columbia unit of the auxiliary, sending Miss Black to this project in self-government.
Nearly 150 girls from all over the state will attend the Palmetto Girls State which is sponsored by the American Legion auxiliary as a project in government for rising high school seniors.
The girls were selected on the basis of leadership, character, couage, honesty scholarship and cooperativeness Girls State, Mrs. Belser explained is an effort on the part of the American Legion auxiliary to provide citizenship training and appreciation of government for girls of high school age, helping them to grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities which they must assume, as American citizens when they become adults.
Miss Ruth Roettinger political science professor at Winthrop college will for the third year be the education director Miss Ruth Hoffman of Blackville, department music chairman for the auxiliary, will be in charge of music. Mrs. Verdananna Craig of the university staff will serve as life guard and leader in vocation activities.
Serving as counselors will be Miss Alva Johnson of Darlington departmetn president; Mrs. Gary Paschal of Columbia, 1950 department president-nominee, the Girls State board Mrs. W. F. Barnes of Brunson department chaplain, Mrs. E. F. Mason of Summerton, Americanism chairman, Mrs. J. F. Grayson of Summerton, Finance chairman and Mrs. R. C. Couch of Myrtle Beach Junior activities chairman; the Girls State committee, Mrs. O H Wiengers of St. Matthews, Mrs. J. D. Robertson of Hartsville, Mrs. J. Strom Thrumond co-director, and Mrs. Belser, Miss Sudie Dennis of Newberry and Mrs. C. M. Proctor of Rock Hill.
Juniors counselors from the 1948 Girls State will be Miss Eugenia Holiday of Anderson; 1948 Girl Governor Miss Betty Jean Yonce of Orangeburg 1948 leutenant governor, and Miss Dinny McMasters of Winnsboro and Miss Kate Bennett of Cheraw.
The local committee in charge of arrangements is composed of the following members of the Columbia unit of the auxiliary. Mrs. John S. Reynolds, Mrs. R. Roy Hammond, Mrs. R. E. McLeod, Mrs. F. Henry Cappelmann, Mrs. T. E. Marchant, Mrs. Morris Lumpkin, Sr., Mrs. Douglas Faunt, Mrs. Boyce Wideman, Mrs. William Sawyer and Mrs. A. M. Dixon.