Girls State conference

Going to a conference in summer to learn about state government are Arambi Eyong (left) of Chino Hills High School, Alexandria Williams of Western Christian High School in Upland, Rosalia Heatherton of Chino High School and Nicole Thompson of Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga.

Four Chino Valley incoming seniors will learn the makings of government at a conference in Claremont this summer.

Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 299 of Chino selected the girls to attend the 71st Annual Girls State conference at Claremont McKenna College from June 23 to 28.

They will start by creating a mock city government that will then work with other groups to create a country.

Unit 299 Chairman Diane Delashmit said more than 540 high school representatives from across the state will attend.

“These girls are the top girls. They’re going to be our future leaders. They don’t need to be involved in politics, but they need to be good citizens,” Ms. Delashmit said.

The girls are: Rosalia Heatherton, Chino High School; Leah Ramirez, Don Lugo High School; Rebecca Hu, Ayala High School; Arambi Eyong, Chino Hills High School; Nicole Thompson, Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga; and Alexandria Williams, Western Christian High School in Upland.

Rosalia, 17, is the daughter of Virginia and Craig Renfro. She is a member of the color guard at Chino High, where she was named Most Outstanding Performer, Most Outstanding Sophomore and Section Leader. She is also a leader of both the dance and Christian clubs. She intends to study forensic psychology in the Air Force.

Leah, 16, is the daughter of Malissa Mendiola and Ignacio Ramirez. She volunteers at homeless shelters, tutors for teacher Chuck Pope’s U.S history class and plays centerfield on the softball team. She plans to study neuropsychology.

Rebecca, 16, is the daughter of Emma and Patrick Hu of Chino Hills. She plays trumpet for the Ayala High marching band, is a member of Key Club, and volunteers tutoring math and working at a hospital. She has yet to decide whether she will study medicine or math to become an actuary.

Arambi, 17, is the daughter of Lysette and Ruben Eyong. She hopes to attend UC Berkeley to study neuroscience to become a pediatric surgeon. She has volunteered the past two years at Pomona Valley Hospital. She is an officer of the Make A Wish club at Chino Hills High.

Nicole, 17, is the daughter of Cindy and Richard Thompson. She is a member of the swim team, who won the Baseline League title May 8. Nicole is also the treasurer-elect of the Renaissance Student Leadership program. Before she attends Girls State she will become a counselor-in-training and lifeguard at Rockbrook Summer Camp in Brevard, N.C. Nicole plans to study environmental engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Alexandria, 16, is the daughter of Shonda and Gregory Williams. She is affiliated with National Honors Society, and a delegate for Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Alexandria has danced tap, jazz and ballet for 13 years, but switched to play varsity basketball this year. She is also a member of Hilltop Faith, her school’s choir group. Alexandria hopes to study forensic psychology at UCLA.

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