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Monday, June 08, 2009
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Approximately 250 young women from across Mississippi arrived on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Saturday to participate in the 62nd annual Magnolia Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Girls State participants are rising high school seniors who get a hands-on education in government and politics during a week of staged political campaigns, elections, party caucuses and rallies in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.” State and local public officials will also speak to them about the inner workings of government in Mississippi.

On Saturday, participants running for office got their campaigns underway, covering their residence halls and other campus buildings and lawns with signs and posters. The winners will be announced Tuesday.

Ansley Scott of Mound Bayou gets some help putting up a campaign poster from her mom, Lucy Chatman-Scott, Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi. Scott is participating in the 62nd annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, being held this week on the university’s Hattiesburg campus. (Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations photo by David Tisdale)

Nelly McMahen of Water Valley prepares to move into a residence hall on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Saturday. McMahen is participating in the American Legion Auxiliary’s 62nd annual Girls State, being held this week on the university’s Hattiesburg campus. (Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations photo by David Tisdale)

Carly Adcock of Pascagoula hangs her campaign poster at Pulley Hall on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Saturday. Adcock is participating in the 62nd annual Girls State, a weeklong program that teaches rising high school seniors from across the state about the inner workings of state and local government and politics. (Southern Miss Public Relations Photo by David Tisdale)

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