WASHINGTON, DC -- From the high school classroom to the halls of Congress, these 100 young ladies are taking a first step toward leading the nation.
“The only way you get your foot in the door is if you stick it in there and just go for it," said Hadley Lloyd, one of two students representing Wyoming at the annual American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation summit.
Lloyd traveled from Casper, Wyoming to Capitol Hill. She's a rising senior at Kelly Walsh High School at this top women’s leadership summit in DC.
The week-long program puts these young ladies in the seats of senators, as they work through the exercise of transforming ideas into laws.
The annual competition is designed to teach students the political process and nudge them into considering a future representing their states.
“It’s just great to be around such intelligent women, young women just learning about things that we might not know or educating each other. It’s wonderful," said Lloyd.
When Lloyd graduates from high school, she plans to attend college, then law school, all in the hopes of landing a political career in D.C.
“A lot of these young ladies have really stepped outside their comfort zone this week," said Diane Duscheck, ALA National President.
Duscheck says she’s proud of these girls and expects their experience will help them grow into engaged civic leaders.
“What they find is that they have this other strength inside themselves or they have another talent that they can actually use that they never thought was there," said Duscheck.
“I think this whole program has inspired me to just continue to be more involved, to keep making these little small steps to get where I want to be in life," said Lloyd.