PCA’s Kate Dryjanski Attends 2018 Girls State
Kate Dryjanski was selected to represent Prattville Christian Academy at the American Legion Auxiliary Alabama Girls State program in June 2018. Girls State is an 80-year old program designed to develop leadership skills, confidence and an action-based understanding of our state’s governmental processes.
“Girls State was a blast,” said Dryjanski. “We walked until our feet felt as if they would fall off, laughed until we cried, and formed bonds to last a lifetime. While it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite part of the program, the legislative sessions have to be the winner for me.” Girls State gives student delegates the opportunity to create a mock government with elected city, county, and state officials. Dryjanski was selected to serve in the House where she debated proposed legislation with fellow representatives. By the end of the week, through the combined efforts of the House and the Senate, the delegates we were able to pass four bills into law. In addition to mock government activities, the participants enjoyed hearing from notable Alabama leaders, including Lyn Stuart, Susan Baker, Young Boozer, and Governor Kay Ivey.
“Girls State was amazing, but what made it extra special for me was the girls themselves,” said Dryjanski. “Through team building activities we bonded deeply in a way that is difficult to describe. The leaders I met during that week are some of the most genuine, caring, intelligent, passionate, and loving girls I have ever met. They made Girl’s State what it was, and I’ll be forever grateful that all of our paths crossed.”