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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

HHS juniors Eva Penzing and Brenda Hernandez have been selected by Holyoke Unit #90 of the American Legion Auxiliary to participate in this year’s Girls State June 8-15 at Western State College in Gunnison.

Penzing is the daughter of Leticia Penzing and Kenneth Penzing of Holyoke. She has many musical talents and has played clarinet and saxophone in the HHS band and was an honor band participant with her clarinet. She has also danced in the Paquime folkloric dances and had a lead part in the 2013 HHS musical.

She has coached a second-grade team, has been on mission teams with her church and helped the local Caring Pregnancy Resource Center with blankets.

Locally, Penzing has been involved with the highway clean-up projects and caroling for the nursing home, while being an active member of her church and church choir.

Hernandez is the daughter of Carmen Ramirez of Holyoke. She has been a three-year member of FCCLA and will serve as president in 2013-14.

She has been the class treasurer for three years and also the treasurer for her church youth group, where she is an active member. She has participated in the highway clean-up project for FCCLA and the FCCLA and FBLA fundraisers.

Hernandez has been a member of the book club, her church choir, Spanish club and the Paquime Mexican folkloric dance group. Through all of this, Hernandez also has time to work part-time.

HHS juniors attending Girls State this year are pictured from left, Eva Penzing and Brenda Hernandez.
—Enterprise photo

Colorado Columbine Girls State is a statewide program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. For the 66th session, the theme will be Celebrate You!

Colorado Columbine Girls State is a leadership program centered on the processes of democracy and good citizenship. Only young women with superior academic accomplishment and decorum are chosen to participate.

The enrollment is limited to 350 delegates who have completed their junior year of high school with above average academic standing, have high moral character, have an interest in government and current events and possess leadership qualities.

The objectives of the Colorado High School Activities Association-approved program is to develop a broader knowledge of the country’s two-party system, to instill greater understanding of American traditions, to stimulate desire to participate in and maintain a democratic government while exposing the citizens to a college atmosphere and encourage a desire of higher education.


Holyoke Enterprise May 30, 2013