Rachel Self has been chosen to represent Holly Pond High School at the 2011 session of Alabama Girls State, held on the Troy University campus in Troy. For one week, she will become a citizen in an imaginary state, taking part in the political life of her community, primarily through campaigning for and electing city, county and state offices. She will learn the operation of government by participating in party caucuses and through the election process. Well-known speakers and other state, county and city officials are expected to visit and to enlighten the young women on their civic responsibilities.

Rachel plans to campaign for the office of city council member. Miss Self  will speak to organizations upon invitation, about her experiences at the American Legion Auxiliary Alabama Girls State. The daughter of Michael and Donna Self, and the granddaughter of Conrad and Norma Ellard was selected to attend Alabama Girls State because of her outstanding leadership. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Alabama Girls State is a laboratory of practical government...a personal application of the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American.

Rachel was co-captain of the varsity cheer squad, junior class president, Key Club vice president, Beta Club treasurer, journalism staff, SGA representative, SGA homecoming committee, junior/senior prom committee, Focus Club, choir, FBLA, youth council conference representative (Focus Club), and Alabama Teen Republicans.

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