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Released June 10, 2003

MOSS POINT'S McCORVEY ELECTED
GOVERNOR OF MAGNOLIA GIRLS STATE

HATTIESBURG- Anna McCorvey, a 17-year-old student from Moss Point High School, has been elected governor of the 56th Annual Magnolia Girls State taking place at The University of Southern Mississippi.

McCorvey, the daughter of Robert and Carolyn McCorvey, was elected governor from among more than 400 high school seniors taking part in the June 9-13 activities. The balloting took place Tuesday and the results were made public Wednesday.

She and seven other elected officials from the fictitious state of Magnolia will spend Thursday interacting with their real-life counterparts at the state capitol in Jackson.

Other top Girls State officials elected Tuesday were:

" Nyssa Juneau, lieutenant governor. Juneau, 16, is a student at Hattiesburg High School and is the daughter of Dr. Jon Juneau and Dr. Karen Juneau.

" Mary Landon Downs, secretary of state. Downs, 17, is a student at Madison Central High School and is the daughter of Linda Downs Heslep.

" Lamesha Gates, state treasurer. Gates, 17, is a student at Tupelo High School and is the daughter of Sharon Albert.

" Holly Smith, state auditor. Smith, 17, is a student at Bogue Chitto High School and is the daughter of Mark and Janice Smith.

" Chelsey Penson, attorney general. Penson, 17, is a student at Tupelo High School and is the daughter of Charles and Cheryl Penson.

" Carrington Campbell, commissioner of insurance. Campbell, 16, is a student at Amory High School and is the daughter of Jack and Robin Campbell.

" Tiffany Wood, commissioner of agriculture. Wood, 17, is a student at Forrest County Agricultural High School and is the daughter of George and Candis Wood.

Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. It is designed to educate high school senior girls on the process of government through a series of campaigns and mock elections for various offices in the fictitious state of Magnolia. Participants are divided into two fictitious political parties and assigned to fictitious cities and counties. Activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting.

The session will run through Friday.

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