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Released June 11, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- State officers and senators were selected during the 57th annual American Legion Girls State, held on The University of Southern Mississippi campus June 5-11.

Approximately 300 rising high school seniors participated in the event, which gives young women the opportunity to learn about the political process and the functions of government at the local and state levels by participating in mock political conventions, elections, trials and city projects in the fictitious state of "Magnolia."

Winners of the state offices visited with their real-life counterparts in Jackson, while the two senators will participate in Girls Nation July 19-26 in Washington, D.C. to learn about the political process at the national level and see historic sites in the nation's capital.

Magnolia state office winners included the following:

*Marissa Jones of Crystal Springs, State Treasurer.
*Reagan Lightsey of Petal, Attorney General
*Abby Banahan of Pascagoula, Commissioner of Insurance.
*Courtney Caples, Governor.
*Brittany Chapman of Moss Point, Lieutenant Governor.
*Erin Sanford of Pascagoula, Secretary of State.
*Kayla Loftin of Bassfield, Commissioner of Agriculture.
*Demaris Cassibry of Cleveland, State Auditor.

Girls Nation senators elected from the state of Magnolia included Laura Langley of Smithville and Lauren Pedroso of Meridian.


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June 11, 2004 4:40 PM