|AHS Senior Hanna Watson represents Kansas at Girls Nation|
Posted Date: 07/14/2015
Hanna E. Watson, a rising senior at Andover High School, will travel to Washington D.C., July 25 - Aug. 1 to represent the state of Kansas in the Girls Nation program, the pinnacle of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program. Earlier this summer, Watson represented Andover High School at Sunflower Girls State which was held June 7-12 at Washburn University, Topeka, Kan. Watson’s path to Girls Nation started with her run for city council. Next, Watson then ran for the Supreme Court and won her seat. Finally, Watson was nominated along with six other girls to run for the position of Girls Nation Senator. Ultimately, the attendees selected Watson as one of two girls to represent Kansas.
Girls State and Boys State is a political simulation for high school juniors. Participants run for offices from mayor at the municipal level to senator at the national level. They also write mock bills and give political speeches. The Girls State website states that the program enhances the total understanding of the governmental process while opening opportunities for young women looking to lead. Kansas is known for sending successful senators to Girls Nation, as many Kansans have become Girls Nation Presidents and other leaders.
Hanna Watson was elected one of two senators from among 226 other young women from around the state. Watson will have the privilege of attending Girls Nation along with Abigail Taylor, from Iola High School, in Iola, KS. The election to the position of senator was quite an honor because she had to compete against some of the brightest girls in the state of Kansas, many of them having 4.0 GPA and most of them serve in student government, and participate in debate and forensics.
In Washington D.C, Watson will meet President Obama, debate on the congressional floor, and offer a bill on behalf of the State of Kansas. The bill that Watson and Taylor have authored amends the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by redefining the boundaries of preclearance and restricts the use of photo identification in voting which may call for a higher socioeconomic background.
Watson is very involved at Andover High School. She is an Honor Student, having a current 3.93 unweighted GPA, while taking multiple honors and APA courses. She is the President of the National Honor Society and Thespian Troupe #3540. She participates in theatre, choir, and track and field. Hanna is additionally a member of the Principles Advisory Board which acts a liaison between students and the administration. She is the President of the Bishop’s Youth Council of the Kansas Southwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ.
Her hobbies include painting, acting, writing spoken word, and playing the guitar. Hanna was nominated for a Jester Award for her leading role as Adelaide in Guys & Dolls. Watson is an active member of her church, St. James Church of God in Christ, located in Arkansas City, KS. Watson’s parents are: C. Edward & Gidget Watson and she has two siblings Micah (UVA 2nd Year), and Malachi (Andover Middle School).