Grafton High School’s Niggemyer chosen to represent WV at Girls Nation

TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County was recently represented by an outstanding female at the 75th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation.

Grafton High School senior Jordan Niggemyer was chosen as one of 100 females to attend the celebration, being held in Washington, D.C. from July 23-30.

“Jordan is the only Grafton High School student to ever be selected for this honor,” shared American Legion Taylor County Post 12 Commander David “Robbie” Robinson. “She, along with another young lady, Madison Rhodes, from Keyser High School were selected after having attended Rhododendron Girls State.”

According to a press release, as part of the premier American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) program, two outstanding high school seniors are selected to represent their respective state as “senators” at ALA Girls Nation after participating in one of 50 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country.

During the seven-day leadership conference, aspiring young women leaders will receive insight into how the federal government operates while being instilled with a sense of pride for the United States. 

Girls Nation also helps to promote youth civic engagement, affording the ladies a glimpse at future careers in public service at the local, state and national level.

At ALA Girls Nation, Niggemyer will participate in mock senate sessions complete with caucuses and debating bills that range from personal to political interests. She will also take part in a special community service project.

And what trip to Washington D.C. would be complete without taking in the sights and sounds of the area?

Niggemyer, and other participants, will be treated to a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a tour of the D.C. monuments.

“ALA Girls Nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation’s future leaders to learn about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” said Nancy Magginnis, ALA Girls Nation Committee chairman. “After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls return home ready to be engaged citizens at all levels of government.”

It is reported that Niggemyer was active in many ways during her week at ALA West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State, allowing her to easily transition to her time at Girls Nation.

But hard work and keeping busy are not new concepts for the youth, who is set to begin her senior year this fall at Grafton High School. During her time there, she keeps active in various ways including acting as class president, as well as through participation with YLA Model United Nations and Civil Air Patrol.

When not hitting the books and taking part in extracurriculars, Niggemyer can be found donning the blue and gold as a member various athletic teams including swimming, basketball, soccer and softball.

“We know that Jordan will make our state proud at Girls Nation,” Robinson voiced. “Our future looks bright, and these West Virginia Students are leading the way!”

Founded in 1919, the ALA is one of the oldest patriotic membership organizations in the U.S.A.

It is a community of volunteers serving veterans, military, and their families. Members work to help improve the quality of life for the nation’s veterans. 

Proud sponsor of ALA Girls Nation, National Poppy Day® and recognized for advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, the more than 500,000 ALA members across the country volunteer millions of hours annually and raise millions of dollars in service to veterans, military and their families, according to a release by the organization. 

To learn more and to volunteer, join and donate, visit

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