Lia D'Amato and Chelsea Farrington recently attended Laurel Girls State at Eastern Connecticut State University.
"It was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of new people," D'amto said.
Eastern hosted more than 170 Connecticut high school juniors for the Laurel Girls State program.
The Girls State program has provided students with hands-on citizenship experience and government participation for more than 65 years. Program officials focus on patriotism by involving students in all aspects of government and by enhancing pride in our country. Students elected officials on a local and state level, who then carry out the duties of their offices. Students also wrote bills and enacted legislation. Girls State officials hope the experience will result in lifelong participation in government.