The 56th session of the American Legion Auxiliary's Magnolia Girls
State wrapped up Friday at The University of Southern Mississippi
with the naming of two delegates to Girls Nation and the presentation
of various awards and scholarships.
of Bogue Chitto and Jenna Markham of Pass Christian will represent
Mississippi in mid-July in Washington. Two alternates were selected
in the event that one of the delegates is unable to attend. They
are Kelly Hembree of Pascagoula and Rebekah Staples of Laurel.
delegates are selected by senior counselors and staff following
personal interviews in which they were asked about their knowledge
of current events and those event's political implications, parliamentary
procedure and their knowledge of the American Legion Auxiliary.
winners for the 2001 Magnolia Girls State were announced by director
Kathy Dungan. The winners and the scholarships include Meghan Diane
Ainsworth of Laurel, Samsung Scholarship ($1,000); Lauren Keenum
of Brandon, McCorkle/Whitten Scholarship ($500); Katie Shumpert
of Tupelo, Moore/Chan Scholarship ($500); Rebekah Staples of Laurel,
Southern Miss Academic Scholarship ($2,000); Shunda Nicole Bogan
of Newton, Lou Wilkerson Southern Miss Housing/Meal Scholarship;
and Stephanie Willis of Hattiesburg, Keet Peetz Scholarship ($500).
Citizen awards were also presented Friday. Winners in this category
included Siara Smith of Moss Point; Angela Bailey of Grenada; Elizabeth
Olivet of Oxford; Carolyne Haskins of McComb; Casey Finch of West
Point; Carroll Slack of Amory; Mary Darby Wall of Hattiesburg; Erin
Smith of Pascagoula; Jeannette Hairston of Hattiesburg; Kaela Gartman
of Perkinston; Caroline Webb of Hattiesburg; Meghan Davis of Oak
Grove; Sarah Perich of Baton Rouge, La.; Nyreia Crayton of Tupelo
and Jenna Markham of Pass Christian.
was chosen as the outstanding city for the Girls State session,
and the girls of McCain city won the outstanding city project.
More than 300
girls participated in the session, a week of hands-on activities
designed to acquaint them with the inner-workings of politics and
government. The program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.