The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Carolina is pleased to announce the 70th session of Palmetto Girls State (PGS) to be held on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC the week of June 5 – 11, 2016.  Palmetto Girls State is a one-week leadership and citizen training program, created to further educate outstanding high school students about state and local government.  The delegates who are all rising seniors in high school experience governmental procedure by simulating political campaigns, elections and the legislative process.  They also learn about the principles of citizenship and civil service from guest speakers, expert panels and a service project.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193 Chapin (Unit 193) will be selecting local delegates based on character, leadership ability, interest in government, maturity, honesty, scholarship, cooperativeness and the desire to attend PGS.  Unit 193 will select girls who have completed their junior year of high school at Chapin and Spring Hill High School.  Delegates must be sponsored by a Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Selection to attend PGS is an honor and is a once in a lifetime experience.  Girls who are interested in attending Palmetto Girls State should pick up an application from their school counselor.  Submission deadline is March 12, 2016.  The application as well as a current transcript can be mailed to:

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193

Attn: Nancy Graham

PO Box 897

Chapin, SC  29036


Recommendations from Chapin High School and Spring Hill High School faculty as well as local church clergy/youth directors are sought.  Ultimate selection of delegates rests with the Unit 193.  For more information, contact Nancy Graham, Unit 193 PGS Chairperson at [email protected].  Please put Attn: PGS in the subject line.


Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest patriotic women’s service organization.  The Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, their families and their communities is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and National Headquarters.