Jennifer Magnoli wins Samsung Scholarship at Laurel Girls State
(Group of Laurel Girls State attendees. Jennifer Magnoli is the student to the far right.)
Jennifer Magnoli is a very active senior at Mercy High School. She is the president of both National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society and participates in theater productions, various choirs, Ecology Club, Library Club, and Mercy Ambassadors. She was one of three Mercy respresentatives to Laurel Girls State this past summer.
Girls State is a civic service and government-based program for rising CT seniors run by the American Legion Auxiliary. At Girls State, students are assorted into towns. Jennie was assigned to Malloy City, political parties, and legislatures where the students crafted bills, debated legislation, facilitated elections, oversaw political campaigns, and ultimately learned more about their role as citizens. In addition to running their own governments, the studetns heard from numerous guest speakers, including US Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
"I was elected Malloy City's Chairman of the Board of Alderman, the Federalist Party's Secretary, and one of Malloy's senators to the Girls State legislature," stated Jennie. This year, the week-long program took place at Post University in Waterbury, CT. Jennie chose to attend Girls State because she is very interested in our political process and believes that fostering civic awareness is vital to the success of communities great and small. At the end of the week, various awards were presented to outstanding members of Laurel. Jennie was fortunate to receive the Samsung Scholarship. This was the only scholarship awarded during the program, and it was evaluated based upon an application completed prior to Girls State that included academic performance, essays, and relation to a veteran (her grandfather). Jennie received $1,250.00 and is eligible to win up to $10,000 if chosen as a national finalist. (Selections will be decided later this year). "Overall, this was an incredible experience and I became a more confident, informed citizen as a result," said Jennie.