Special to The Advance
Amy James spoke to the Monticello Lions Club July 21, telling the members about her recent experiences at Arkansas Girls State held at Harding University in Searcy. James was sponsored by the club.
She is the daughter of Michael and Debra James of Monticello, and was one of eight high school juniors selected to attend from Drew County. More than 800 girls from Arkansas attended Girls State.
While at Girls State, James was elected by her peers as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. In addition to this prestigious honor, the 800 girls present voted her the winner of the Outstanding Citizen Award. While visiting the state capitol at Little Rock, James attended a Supreme Court session and visited with the real justices.
James will be a senior at Monticello High School this year. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville to become a dermatologist. James is an honor student in advanced placement classes at Monticello. She is a cheerleader, plays percussion in the band and sings in the choir.
James is very active in the youth group at First United Methodist Church, where she plays and sings in the Youth Rejoice Choir. She also serves on the Methodist Church's Conference Council for Youth Ministries and is involved in planning and organizing youth events for district and state levels.
Following her most interesting and well prepared presentation, James fielded questions from Lions Club members. She told the group that her mother, the daughter of Dr. Jerry and Juanita Webb of Monticello, also had attended Girls State. The Lions Club members wished her success and hoped after James completes her studies, she will return as a doctor to serve Monticello.