Jefferson City – Angela Holsteadt, a sophomore at Park Hill High School, made the trip to Jefferson City this week to visit with Rep. Jason Grill, D-Parkville, at the State Capitol. Holsteadt was participating in the annual Sophomore Pilgrimage sponsored by the GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) Art and Literature Club of Parkville.
Each year GFWC clubs send outstanding sophomores from area high schools to Jefferson City on the second Tuesday in April. The pilgrimage promotes goods citizenship and enables students to witness government in action in person. The Sophomore Pilgrimage program has been an ongoing project since 1934.
“It was a wonderful experience having Angela here to see how the legislature works and I hope she enjoyed her time at the Capitol,” said Rep. Grill. “We have so many young people in this state who are interested in the political process and want to learn how to take a more active role. With the help of programs like the Sophomore Pilgrimage they are given a chance to meet their elected officials and gain a better understanding of how the process works.”
Also in attendance with Angela Holsteadt were club members Paige Jackson and Karole Jacobsen.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the nation’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer organizations. Established in 1896, it currently has over 4,000 members volunteering within communities in Missouri. The organization has more than 10 million members worldwide in 20 countries.