Fortuna High recently announced the junior girls and boys state representatives for the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release. Gwen Christiansen was chosen as the 2013 girls state representative by the American Legion Auxiliary Walker-Bailey Unit 205. This year Fortuna High will be sending four boys state students to represent the school: Nathan Ambrosini, Coleton Betts, Talon Chamberlain and Kyle Franck. All four boys will be sponsored by the American Legion Walker-Bailey Post No. 205. Participants were nominated by the high school faculty based on the following criteria: outstanding leadership, courage, honesty, scholastic ability, excellent character and citizenship, cooperation and physical fitness. Emily Dale was selected as the first alternate for girls state in case Gwen cannot attend. Joseph Caminiti was selected as the first alternate for boys state in the event that Nathan, Coleton, Talon or Kyle are unable to represent Fortuna High. Other girls state finalists include Tia McNaughton, Kaycie Murray and Vanessa Urbina. The other boys state finalist is John Rovai.
The boys/girls state program aims to provide citizenship training for high school students. Students attend a summer workshop where they live as self-governing citizens and participate in the functioning of their government. Students will get a chance to learn how government works, while developing leadership skills and meeting other students from all across the state. Girls attend Claremont McKenna College in Southern California and boys attend California State University at Sacramento.
Fortuna High state representatives and their alternates are all smiles as they pose for this group photo.