The registration process for Nevada Girls State is once again upon us! Our Seventieth Annual Session will be held June 25th – July 1st, 2017 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s 4-H Camp on Lake Tahoe. We are asking for your help in selecting qualified and enthusiastic delegates for this year’s session from the schools with which your unit is affiliated. Below you will also find an information letter for your own records, a general information letter for potential delegates, bus and registration information, a blank registration form, and one copy of our waivers packet that all delegates MUST complete and return. Also, please note that the program no longer sends out an information packet to delegates. All schools have also been directed to our website for information, including how to contact your unit. The registration form directs students to return documents to your unit, which you will in turn need to return to Daela Gibson, Director, or Courtenay Burns, Chair.
Your unit is not responsible for sponsoring all delegates from each school, though we do hope you are able to sponsor one from each school. Please contact the school and inform them of how many delegates your unit is able to support. The registration fee per delegate is $250, plus an additional $40 materials fee to be paid by the delegate and to be submitted with the registration form and fee. Additionally, any delegate who catches the bus south of Silver Springs will be required to submit a $75 bus fee. In the event that neither the delegate nor an alternate are able to attend the session, a refund of the registration fee is available, as long as the Director or myself is notified prior to May 25th, 2017. Materials fees and bus fees are non-refundable; convenience fees charged for online payment with a credit card are also non-refundable. Payment may be made by check, money order, or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Nevada Girls State, Inc. If a school would like to send more than the allotted number of delegates, please contract the Director or myself, as an increase in delegates may be possible.
If you are not sending the allotted number of delegates from the schools, please advise the school of the above fees for delegates they are planning to sponsor themselves or for whom they are finding other funding resources. Registration fees for delegates beyond what your unit may sponsor may be contributed through the school, the delegate’s parents/guardians, a community service organization, a business, etc. Registration forms must still be turned in for all delegates and alternates regardless of sponsor and those registration forms can be sent in to the Director or myself by you or the school.
Registration forms indicate a deadline of June 1st for return to your unit. If you could send registration forms and payment to the Director or myself by June 10th, it would be much appreciated. If more time is needed, please contact the Director or myself and we can make those arrangements.
Here we would like to briefly describe the type of delegate we are looking for. Delegates to Nevada Girls State must be prepared to participate in a fast-paced week filled with information, training, and tools to help her become a more active and educated citizen. We ask that delegates remain with the program for the entire week and participate in all activities, such as running for office, writing legislation, and being active in the mock legislative session on Friday. We know that some selection processes rely heavily on GPA in order to choose delegates, but we would like to remind you that we really desire delegates to be excellent young women in an all-around sort of way. They do not have to be extremely outgoing, they do not have to be honor students, and they do not even have to know much about local government or legislation writing. While these characteristics may certainly be helpful, we are ultimately looking for individuals who are eager to learn and willing to trust in the process they will go through during their week with our program.
In addition, the Samsung Scholarship information is below. Again, we are no longer mailing information packets to the delegates; all forms they need, as well as additional information they may find helpful, is available on this website.
Also, please note that we are no longer inviting parents to attend the graduation ceremony at the end of our week. Logistically, we simply cannot manage to accommodate them.
Lastly, you are all invited to be counselors at this year’s session. This is a fantastic program provided by the American Legion Auxiliary with tremendous support from the University of Nevada, Reno. We want our delegates to be able to see Auxiliary women at work and for you to have the opportunity to visit with these amazing young women. We would also like you to see the results of your own efforts and the efforts our delegates. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Daela or myself so we can make the arrangements to get you up to us!
If there is any other information you would like, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We will gladly talk with you or communicate by email.
Below are individual links to all the forms and information that the delegates will need, plus a General Information Letter (for delegates to give to their parents) and a Letter to the Schools.
Registration Form – Due by June 1st
Waivers Packet – Due by June 1st
Community Issues Assignment – Due at Registration
Samsung Scholarship – complete and submit online
Please click on your unit to view contact information for the schools assigned to you.