American Legion selects Girls State representatives

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

American Legion Auxiliary Post 70 in Troy has selected two young women to attend 2016 Alabama Girls State at the University of Alabama in June.

Katie Hale, auxiliary president, said Deizah Holland, Charles Henderson High School, and Susan Stell, Pike Liberal Arts School, are outstanding students and community citizens and will represent their schools and the Troy and Pike County communities well at Girls State.

Both are juniors at their respective schools.

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“It is an honor to have two such outstanding young women represent our community and our American Legion Auxiliary at Girls State,” Hale said. “Susan and Deizah are at the top of their classes academically, are involved in extracurricular activities and in their communities and they have definite career plans.”

Holland is a member of the National Honor Society, the CHHS band and a Trojan Ambassador. She is a member of the JROTC and an athlete.

Hale said Holland has participated in the People to People program and has participated in community cleanup efforts in Germany.

“On the local level, Deizah mentors kids at the Boys and Girls Club, has donated items to a local women’s shelter and books and Teddy bears to kids in need,” Hale said. “She is a devoted usher at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.”

Holland plans a professional career. He parents are Michael and Sharon Holland of Troy.

Stell is a member of the National Honor Society, an SGA representative, a member of the Spanish Club and a varsity basketball and volleyball player and a member of the golf team.

“Susan is a member of the Twilighters community social/service organization, a Junior Ambassador for the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, a People to People ambassador, a volunteer at Rehab Associates and a Sunday school teacher,” Hale said. “Her career plan is to be a physical therapist.”

Stell’s parents are Walter and Deborah Stell of Troy.