The Talmage Legion Auxiliary 246 have selected Makayla Damme and Adessa Harney, juniors from Johnson-Brock High School, as the group’s representatives to Cornhusker Girls State, which will take place May 31 to June 6 in Lincoln.

The Talmage Legion Auxiliary 246 have selected Makayla Damme and Adessa Harney, juniors from Johnson-Brock High School, as the group’s representatives to Cornhusker Girls State, which will take place May 31 to June 6 in Lincoln.
Damme is the daughter of Dale and Debbie Damme of Talmage. She is active in many school activities, including FBLA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Math Team and One Act.
 She is also active in sports, participating in volleyball, basketball and track. Her athletic honors include All Conference as a freshman and third-team All Conference in her junior year.
Damme is a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Talmage, and she is active in Faith Lutheran’s Luther League in Talmage.
She coordinates the Talmage Community Red Cross Blood Drive, volunteers with the Johnson-Brock Blood Drive and participates in other community volunteer activities in Talmage and Johnson.
Harney is the daughter of David and Hillary Bradshaw of Brock and the granddaughter of John and Ruby Harney of Brock and Diana Bradshaw of Nemaha. Harney is involved in band, choir and cheerleading.
She also participates in the Nemaha County Fair, where she does everything from photography and cake decorating to showing farm animals.
Harney spends most of her free time babysitting or working as a server at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City.
Cornhusker Girls State is a program of the American Legion Auxiliary. About 20,000 young women participate in week-long ALA programs across the nation each summer.
During the program, the delegates assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning as Federalists and Nationalists to become elected officials in their mock Girls States. They live in “cities” within a college or university dorm during the program.
Every year, two young women from each ALA Girls State program are selected to attend ALA Girls Nation in Washington, DC.
As Girls Nation senators, they campaign for political office, craft and debate the passage of legislation and meet with their real-life counterparts on Capitol Hill. Nearly 6,500 young women have attended Girls Nation since 1947.