Carnes will be one of over 300 girls attending who have completed their junior year of high school. She will learn through a "hands-on" experience about the political system involved in the government of Iowa.
Throughout the week, the girls will campaign for office, create party platforms, hold city, county, and state elections, and run their own cities. In addition to the political activities, the girls will hear several motivational speakers and several local and state government officials. The week will culminate with the inauguartion of the newly elected State officials on Friday evening, June 22. The inauguration program will be held at Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State University.
Carnes attends River Valley High School, and is involved in the following activities: volleyball, track, speech and drama, mock trial, band, and choir. She was chosen to attend Girls State on the basis of interest, leadership, and scholastic qualities.
Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, and staffed by women who volunteer their time for this week of government at Girls State. Across the nation, over 20,000 young women attend this program each summer, learning about the political process.
The Quimby Town and Country Club is assisting with funding for Carnes' week at Girls State.