DOWNEY - Three local girls have been chosen to represent their schools at the 2009 session of Girls State to be held at McKenna Hall in Claremont from June 27 through July 2.Downey High School's Sarah Ortiz, Warren High School's Michelle Bertinelli and La Serna High School's Jacqueline Gutierrez were chosen based on their scholastic record, leadership qualities, and service to their school and community. The girls are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Post 270, and were recently honored at a District 19 tea, at which time they were briefed on what to expect at the week-long session. Twenty-five girls from Southern California will join 500 girls from around the state in studying city, county and state government functions through mock proceedings. Sarah Ortiz is the daughter of Victor and Sarah Ortiz; Michelle Bertinelli is the daughter of Pablo and Lilly Bertinelli; and Jacqueline is the daughter of Janet and Andy Gutierrez. A luncheon will be given in their honor at the conclusion of Girls State.
********** Published: May 29, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 6