Hagdorn gains valuable experience, collects 2,500 books for local children

Halle Hagdorn.

Halle Hagdorn was honored to represent Devine High School at the 2019 Bluebonnet Girls State held at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin from June 16th-22nd. The Girls State program began in 1941 and celebrated the 75th session this summer. Halle was one of 604 girls selected from across Texas to come together to learn about Americanism and Citizenship.
This valuable experience allowed the participants to gain a broader understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. Halle was sponsored by the Hale Jones American Legion post 128.
“I am very appreciative to have had the opportunity to be part of Girls State,” Hagdorn said. “I learned so much about our democratic process. It was beneficial to experience the legislative procedures first hand, from electing officials to writing and passing bills.”
In addition to attending Girls State, Halle learned the importance of becoming involved in her community. Upon her return she began a book collection project she calls, Book Allies. Through this volunteer group she has collected over 2,500 gently used books that she and her friends will be re-distributing this week during the meet the teacher events at our local campuses.
“Many children in our community don’t have access to books at home,” Hagdorn said. “I hope that through this project a large number of children will have the opportunity to stock their own bookshelves.”
Halle will be a senior this year and hopes to attend Texas A&M in the fall of 2020, where she plans to pursue a degree in genetics.