Smithsburg student elected Girls Nation president

Latif, who won state oratorical contest, gains additional honors

August 04, 2013
  • Attiya Latif, left, is shown with Girls Nation Director Martha Corriher, center, and Girls Nation Vice President Yujin Seo.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attiya Latif of Hagerstown was elected president of the American Legion Girls Nation program.

Latif, who will be a senior at Smithsburg High School, was elected by her peers, who included 97 representatives from 49 states who recently attended Girls Nation at the 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. 

Latif is captain of the academic team, a member of the debate team, and the founder and president of COEXIST, a club that promotes ethnic, cultural and religious acceptance. 

Latif has many achievements, including Maryland state champion of the American Legion Oratorical Competition and holding the position of vice president of the National Honor Society.

She enjoys writing and reading poetry and public speaking.  Latif is undecided about her future career choice, but is considering either government or the medical field.

“I don’t define my experience at Girls Nation by getting the primary vote and running for office, but rather by the amount of comradery between the girls and communities here. Visiting Arlington National Cemetery really showed me how lucky I am to be in a country where people lived and died for our country,” Latif said.

Latif took her oath of office on Capitol Hill, administered by American Legion Auxiliary National President Peggy Thomas.

Each American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation delegate represents her home state as a senator. The senators caucus at the beginning of the session, organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper legislative procedures according to the U.S. Senate.

 American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation is a leadership conference designed to provide practical insight into the workings of government, to instill a sense of pride and loyalty in America, and to create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

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