Lindsey Jordan Reed, an upcoming senior at Cannon County High School, recently attended the Volunteer Girls State leadership program at David Lipscomb University in Nashville.
Volunteer Girls State (VGS) is a leadership and citizenship-training program offered to young women in Tennessee by the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA). It is a one-week program offered to rising seniors in high school.
The mission of Volunteer Girls State is to provide a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship. The program, as sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, is a nonpartisan, non-political attempt to teach and to instill in the young women of Tennessee a love of God and country.
Lindsey was sponsored by American Legion Post 279 in Woodbury, and the faculty at CCHS selected Lindsey to represent Cannon County.
Nationally recognized as one of the top Girls State programs in the nation, Volunteer Girls State provides young women the opportunity to form and run a mock government by meeting, living, and working with other young female leaders from across the state.
All events and activities that citizens experience or participate in are designed to provide opportunities to practice good citizenship and leadership and instill a sense of pride in our state and country.
Lindsey had a memorable and exciting experience at Girls State. She learned much about leadership and made many new friends from all over the state.
There were also a few memorable highlights from the week: During one of the sessions, Governor Bill Haslam, along with First Lady Crissy Haslam, spoke to the Girls State citizens and later answered questions from some of the students in the audience.
Also, the Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments during one of the sessions on an on-going case that could change the way alimony is awarded in the Volunteer State. The case involves a bitter divorce in which the wife was awarded lifetime alimony in the divorce settlement.
Bringing the court proceedings to the Lipscomb campus during Girls State was part of a Tennessee Supreme Court educational program that teaches students how the court system works. The knowledge Lindsey received during the sessions and activities at Girls State provided invaluable leadership tools that will be used for a lifetime.
Lindsey truly appreciates the support of the American Legion Post 279 and the faculty at CCHS for making this opportunity available to her.
Lindsey resides in the Short Mountain community. She is the daughter of Ricky and Greta Reed and the granddaughter of David and Linda Parton of Short Mountain and Jerry and Betty Reed of Iconium. For more information about the boys and girls state programs, visit: www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html