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Wauneta-Palisade students selected to Cornhusker Girls State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00

Dharma Blake-Cole (left) and Cameo Rector (right) have been selected to attend this summer’s Cornhusker Girls State. Dakota Borchard (middle) was selected as alternate. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

Wauneta-Palisade juniors Dharma Blake-Cole and Cameo Rector will be representing Palisade and Wauneta at June’s Cornhusker Girls State. Dakota Borchard was selected as alternate for both.

Blake-Cole is sponsored by the Palisade American Legion Auxiliary Post #318 and the Palisade American Legion Post #137.

Rector is sponsored by the Wauneta American Legion Auxiliary Post #304 and the Wauneta Volunteer Firemen.

Spots were open for area juniors and seniors. Those interested filled out applications and interviewed for the right to go to Lincoln. Sponsorship included entry fees and travel expenses. The event will be held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus May 31-June 6.

Blake-Cole, who lives in Palisade, is the daughter of Stephanie Malcolm and Christopher Cole.

She was a member of the 2014 WP volleyball team, One-Act Play and works as a CNA at Sunrise Heights.

This summer, Blake-Cole will be a lifeguard and work at her uncle’s restaurant. She enjoys reading, writing, drawing and painting.

“This is a good opportunity to learn more about government and meet new people,” said Blake-Cole.

From Wauneta, Rector, daughter of Rod and Luann Rector, is active in speech and drama, One-Act Play, volleyball, basketball, FFA, Quiz Bowl and National Honor Society at WP. She also participates in church activities and has two jobs. She is in the process of writing a book.

She also enjoys hunting, fishing and riding horses.

“I am very blessed and thankful for being chosen to represent Wauneta at Girls State,” said Rector. “This opportunity will open a door to many career paths that I am still very open to. I am very excited about this trip.”

Borchard is also a junior at WP. She is the daughter of Karmen and Jeremy Borchard of Benkelman.

At WP she has taken part in volleyball, One-Act Play and FFA. She is also involved in 4-H in Dundy County. Borchard is involved with her church and works as a CNA at Sunrise Heights. She also works as a farm hand during the summer.

Borchard enjoys riding horses, drawing, working with her 4-H cattle and shooting, as well as reading and writing. She says she enjoys her job at Sunrise Heights because of the people.

Started in the 1930s, Girls State became a regular part of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Americanism curriculum in 1948.

Girls’ State attendees are divided into eight towns named after Presidents of the United States and also into two fictional political parties. To help learn about governments attendees take part in political events and elect city, county and state positions.

Besides learning about Parliamentary Procedure, students also learn about legislative sessions, campaigning, mock trials and debates.