Raymond High student heading to Girls Nation

In the past month, Hannah Dykes has entered politics and been elected a U.S. Senator. And she’s looking forward to her senior year at Raymond High School.

Dikes was one of about 250 high school girls selected to attend Girls State at Central Washington University. It’s part of a national American Legion Auxiliary program designed to give young women hands-on experience in how government works.

“You only get to go once in your life,” Dykes explained.

Students split into cities and counties, and mock political parties — the Federalists and the Nationalists. They spend a week in debate, town-hall meetings and elections.

In a whirlwind three-election process, Dykes was elected one of two national representatives from Washington. She’ll head to Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. July 20-27, where students will participate in a mock legislative session, visit national memorials, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown and meet with national leaders.