Bethesda: Jaimie Ermak and Rita Murjani
As the girls faced their final day at Girls Nation, both joy and gloom reverberated the halls of the chamber. The day began with another session in the Senate where hot topics such as foreign policy and veterans affairs were debated to their fullest extent; to alleviate the tension of a constantly dynamic schedule, a trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American History was in order. The girls observed everything from Dorothy's ruby slippers to Dolly Madison's ball gown to Julia Child's kitchen; the museum presented a slice of American history from every angle imaginable. One particularly inspirational piece was the antediluvian flag of our forefathers which sparked the authorship of the "Star Spangled Banner." Upon their return to the 4-H Youth Conference Center, the girls were rewarded with a pizza party and the elite privilege of viewing the Fox television pilot "Glee." Many of the girls collaborated with their newly found friends to create cheers in the hopes of appearing on national television advocating the show. The Senate reconvened for the final time, and the girls were eager to prove themselves through debate, knowing this was the last opportunity to voice their opinions on the currently proposed legislation. President Rachel Lipstein concluded the session with the traditional signing of the passed bills as the authors watched on with pride in their accomplishments. The commencement ceremony awaits us as we stand by with bated breath for the denouement of our long and arduous journey.
We leave you all with these final words of inspiration: "A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." - Mohandas Gandhi