LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- At the capitol Thursday, 900 girls took over the senate chamber to learn about politics.

From campaigning, to elections, then, running their government. It's a tradition that is nearly 70 years strong.

The American Legion Auxiliary created Girls State to allow high school juniors to participate in hands-on citizenship training. These girls are selected based on their interest in government, honesty, leadership ability and good character.

They've spent the week at the capitol establishing an imaginary state, holding elections, and carrying out the duties of their office.