-- 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.
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."
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.
office winners included the following:
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.
senators elected from the state of Magnolia included Laura Langley
of Smithville and Lauren Pedroso of Meridian.