MIDDLETOWN – Mercy High School has announced that eight members of its class of 2013 will represent the school at the Laurel Girls State activities June 27 to July 3 at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Laurel Girls State prepares young women for careers in government through citizenship and democracy.
Selected as delegates from Mercy are Jane Landy, daughter of Teresa Opalacz and Kenneth Landy of Durham; Erica Naumann, daughter of Lynn and Howard Naumann of Middletown; Courtney Perales, daughter of Rose and Arthur Perales of Middletown; Sara Richardson, daughter of Spencer and Maria Richardson of Durham; Kerry Egan, daughter of Julia and Timothy Egan of Durham; Alexandra Femc, daughter of Joanne and Anthony Femc of Middletown; Katherine Saia, daughter of Patricia and Antonio Saia of Wallingford; and Patricia Socarras, daughter of Haydee and Efrain Socarras of Northford.
Candidates are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, friendliness and good sportsmanship.
During the week, the participants explore how state and local governments function. Each young woman will be given the opportunity to enhance her public speaking and leadership skills while acquiring knowledge on all phases of creating and running a working democratic form of state and local government.