Kansas University is fortunate to be able to host Sunflower Girls' State.
Welcome to the 565 young women who are in Lawrence this week to participate in Sunflower Girls' State.
This is the 57th year Kansas University has been the host of the outstanding government education program, and local residents should feel honored to have this group of high school seniors in Lawrence.
The American Legion Auxiliary selects girls for the program based on academic ability, interest in government and leadership potential. Girls' State is designed to help participants develop their knowledge and talents in many ways. It's likely that some of this year's Girls' State participants will take leadership roles in their communities or even in the state in the years ahead.
For various reasons, the American Legion Boys' State program left KU several years ago and now holds its session at Kansas State University in Manhattan. That's unfortunate because both Girls' State and Boys' State attract a high caliber of students and having them on campus can be an excellent recruiting tool.
Hopefully, the Girls' State participants will return to their homes across the state with new knowledge and insights about government as well as a favorable impression of Lawrence and KU.