She is one of approximately 300 young women attending Iowa Girls State who have completed their junior year of high school and will study City, County and State government processes.
Iowa Girls State citizens set up their own City, County and State governments and administer them according to the laws of Iowa. The girls also participate in legislative sessions, campaigning,party rallies,debating and voting along with learning deeper knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
In addition to their political activities, the girls hear several motivational speakers along with local and State government officials. The culmination of the week on Friday evening, June 25, is the Inauguration of the newly elected State officials.
The Inauguration program will be held at Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State. The public is invited.
Upah attends South Tama High School and is involved in the following activities: volleyball, cheerleading, soccer, large group speech, drama, choir, jazz choir, student council, TATU and National Honor Society.
She was chosen to attend Iowa Girls State on the basis of interest, leadership and scholastic qualities.
Iowa Girls State is sponsored by the Department of Iowa American Legion Auxiliary and is staffed by Auxiliary members and former Iowa Girls State citizens who volunteer their time. Across the nation, over 20,000 young women attend Girls State each summer.
Past participants include: Jane Pauley, NBC news broadcast journalist; Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas; Lynne Cheney, wife of former U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney; and Brigadier General Michelle Johnson, now serving at the Pentagon, who was the first woman to serve as Cadet Wing Commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former Iowa Girls State citizen.