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Girls State Delegates Campaign for Offices, Hear from State Officials PDF Print E-mail
Monday, June 07, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

Delegates to the 63rd session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are taking part in a week of campaigns for executive offices in the fictitious state of ‘Magnolia” June 5-11 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Girls State is designed to give young women in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school hands-on experiences in how the political and legal process works through simulated legislative projects, campaigns for political office and interaction with public officials from all levels of government who share their experiences and insights with the delegates.

(University Communications photos by David Tisdale)


Delegates to American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are greeted by campaign posters as they move into their residence hall rooms Saturday on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.


American Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegate Anna Krebs of Pascagoula puts up a sign Saturday on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for her campaign for “District II chancery court judge in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.” Krebs and more than 200 other Girls State delegates are participating in a variety of mock elections and legislative processes to gain a better understand of how democracy works.


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Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegate Anna Krebs of Pascagoula gets creative  with her campaign for “District II” chancery court judge in the fictitious state of Magnolia Saturday on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, writing out a campaign message on a sidewalk using chalk. Krebs and more than 200 other Girls State delegates are participating in a variety of mock elections and legislative processes to gain a better understand of how democracy works. 


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Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegate Temple Hughs of Hattiesburg asks fellow delegates Lakeisha and Laquasha Bowden, twin sisters from Nettleton, for their vote for commissioner of agriculture in the fictitious state of “Magnolia” Saturday on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The delegates are among more than 200 high school women participating in a week of mock elections and legislative processes to gain a better understand of how democracy works.


State Attorney General Jim Hood speaks to delegates of the 63rd session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Monday on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. Hood is one of several guest speakers scheduled to visit with the delegates this week as they gain insights into the mechanics of government.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.
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