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Released June 2, 2004

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GIRLS STATE DELEGATES TO CONVENE AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG -- Approximately 300 rising high school seniors will get a hands-on education in government and politics June 5-11 as they convene here at The University of Southern Mississippi for the 57th session of the Magnolia Girls State.

Participants will hold political conventions, elections, mock trials and city projects for the fictitious state of "Magnolia" during their weeklong stay at Southern Miss.

Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State allows delegates to experience the inner workings of politics on the state and local levels. The program is designed to educate young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. "We're excited about this year's Girls State," said director Kathy Dungan of Wesson. "It's an excellent opportunity for young women in Mississippi to learn about how our state government works."

Dungan said she and her staff look forward to returning to Southern Miss for the event. "They are always accommodating and provide everything that's needed for us to have a very successful Girls State week," she said.

Dungan and a staff of 12 senior counselors, 30 junior counselors and 10 additional volunteer staff members will oversee the week's events.

When the Girls State participants step on campus, they are registered as members of either the Federalist or Nationalist party and are immersed in an atmosphere of politics, with campaigns, elections, party caucuses and rallies. Delegates will reside in Southern Miss residence halls, with each floor forming a fictitious city. In all, 12 cities will be grouped into four counties and the entire delegation will make up the fictitious state of Magnolia.

In addition to political activities, the girls will participate in a talent show, glee club, exercise program and yearbook production. Some of the state's top elected officials, including Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Eric Clark and state Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph, are scheduled to speak to the participants. The American Legion Auxiliary and Southern Miss together will award more than $8,000 in scholarships to qualified candidates June 10.

"Girls State is a great tradition, one we are always proud to host," said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames. "These young women represent some of the best of our future leaders, and Girls State is an outstanding opportunity for them to learn about how our democracy works."

During the session, two delegates will be selected to represent Mississippi during the American Legion Auxiliary's Girls Nation, to be held later this summer in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the 57th session of Girls State, contact the state's American Legion Auxiliary at (601) 353-3681 or call the Southern Miss Center for International and Continuing Education at (601) 266-4186.

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FIFTY-SEVENTH SESSION
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
DEPARTMENT OF MISSISSIPPI
MISSISSIPPI GIRLS STATE

June 4 - 11, 2004

JUNE 4 - FRIDAY
2 p.m. Staff meeting in Girls State office - Residence Hall Association Office
7:30 p.m. Junior counselor and senior counselor orientation - Girls State office

JUNE 5 - SATURDAY
9:30 a.m. Junior counselors and senior counselors meet in the Girls State office
11 a.m. Registration - Girls State citizens report to assigned dorms
1 p.m. Registration closes - T-shirts will be distributed in the Girls State office when each city is called
2:30 p.m. City Meeting - Counselors on each floor
Collect all forms and start city business
3:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies - Bennett Auditorium
Advance the Colors - Junior counselors
Opening Prayer - Patsy Huskey, department chaplain
Pledge of Allegiance - Shirley Turner, department historian
Mississippi Girls State welcome -Kathy Dungan, director
Reading of Girls State Rules -Janice Carver, administrative assistant
Girls State Pledge - Brooke Cullen, political adviser
Orientation - Patsy Huskey and Brooke Cullen, political adviser
5 p.m. Dinner, University Commons
6 p.m. Welcome Session - Bennett Auditorium
Welcome - City of Hattiesburg - Dr. Clemon D. Terrell
Welcome - Southern Miss - President Shelby Thames
Guest Speaker - Jennifer Walley Yarborough, Esq.,
former Girls State delegate
Auxiliary Program - Kathy Dungan, director
Senior Counselors' Meeting - Girls State office
Junior counselors remain with respective cities
7:30 p.m. Religious services
Catholic Mass - Stout Hall A
Protestant service - Bennett Auditorium
8:30 p.m. Party Caucuses - Nationalists - Stout Hall A
Federalists - Bennett Auditorium
Elect party officials only.
9:15 p.m. Alagista meeting in Girls State office with Inez McCain
Glee Club - Roberts Hall lobby - sign up with Joan Coleman
Talent show - Jones Hall Lobby - sign up with Debra Reid
Rest of city begins work on city project on respective floors
9:30 p.m. City meeting - on city floor
Junior counselors' meeting in Jones Hall lobby - after city elections
10:30 p.m. Vespers - Lights out as soon as Vespers are over

JUNE 6 - SUNDAY
7 a.m. Flag raising - at flagpole in front of campus
7:15 a.m. Breakfast - University Commons
8 a.m. Group pictures - M.M. Roberts Stadium
City Pictures - in front of Bennett Auditorium
Girls State store will be open after group pictures
11:30 a.m. Lunch - University Commons
1:30 p.m. Party Caucuses - Nationalists - Bennett Auditorium
Federalists - Stout Hall A
Platform Committee (two per city)
Rules Committee (one per city)
2 p.m. Senior counselors' meeting - Girls State office
5 p.m. Retreat - at flagpole in front of campus
5:15 p.m. Dinner - University Commons
6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker - Pete Collins
Auxiliary Program - Janice Carver and Patsy Huskey
7:30 p.m. City meeting - city floor
8 p.m. Alagista meeting in Girls State office
Glee Club meeting - Bennett Auditorium
Platform Committee - Nationalists - Jones Hall lower lobby
Federalists - Pulley Hall lobby
Rules Committee - Nationalists - Jones Hall lobby
Federalists - Roberts Hall lobby
9 p.m. Junior counselors' meeting - Jones Hall lobby
10 p.m. Vespers - Lights out

JUNE 7 - MONDAY
7 a.m. Flag raising - at flagpole in front of campus
7:15 a.m. Breakfast - University Commons
8:15 a.m. Party Caucuses - Nationalists- Stout Hall A
Federalists - Bennett Auditorium
Senior counsleors' meeting in Girls State office
11:30 a.m. Lunch - University Commons
1 p.m. Party Caucuses - Nationalists - Stout Hall A
Federalists - Bennett Auditorium
4 p.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
Guest Speaker - Sgt. Maj. Gary Iverson, 890th Combat Heavy Engineers
Auxiliary Program - Susan Adams
5 p.m. Retreat - at flagpole in front on campus
5:15 p.m. Dinner - University Commons
6:15 p.m. Political rally - Bennett Auditorium
Instructions for voting
"Whistle Stop" - Bennett Auditorium - immediately following rally
Senior counselors' meeting in Girls State office during "Whistle Stop"
9:30 pm. City meeting - city floor
10 p.m. Junior counselors' meeting - Jones Hall lobby
10:30 p.m. Vespers - Lights out as soon as Vespers are over
JUNE 8 - TUESDAY
7 a.m. Flag raising - at flagpole in front of campus
7:15 a.m. Breakfast - University Commons
8 a.m. Polls open - vote by cities in Girls State office
9 a.m. Deadline to turn in Girls Nation applications
10 a.m. Polls close
General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
Guest Speaker - Steve Guyton
10:45 a.m. Guest Speaker - Attorney General Jim Hood
Auxiliary Program
11:30 a.m. Lunch - University Commons
12:30 p.m. College Information Day - University Union lobby
Report to city floor to go in groups by county
3 p.m. College Information Day closes
12:30 p.m. Alagista - Girls State office
Talent show - Bennett Auditorium
City project - city floor
Bill writing - city floor
3 p.m. (during College Information Day)
Glee Club - University Union Hall of Honors
3:45 p.m. Leave as cities for Payne Center
4 p.m. Girls State aerobics - Payne Center
5:15 p.m. Retreat - at flagpole in front of campus
5:30 p.m. Dinner - University Commons
6: 30 p.m. Election results speeches - Bennett Auditorium
Governor - five minutes; other state officers - three minutes
Introduction of county and district officials
Introduction of elected city officials
8 p.m. Alagista staff - Girls State office
Senior counselors' meeting - Girls State office
9 p.m. City meeting on each city floor
10 p.m. Vespers - Lights out after Vespers
Junior counselors' meeting - Jones Hall lobby

JUNE 9 - WEDNESDAY
7 a.m. Flag raising - at flagpole in front of campus
7:15 a.m. Breakfast - University Commons
8:15 a.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
Auxiliary Program - Glenda Wheelis
9:00 a.m. Guest Speaker - Secretary of State Eric Clark
9:45 a.m. Girls Nation interviews - Stout Hall A
Senior counselors and Auxiliary staff members
Citizens - free time until 10:45 a.m. -except groups below
(Citizens will go in groups and tell a junior counselor of destinations.)
9:45 a.m. Alagista staff - Girls State office
Talent show - Bennett Auditorium
Glee Club - University Union Hall of Honors
10:45 a.m. City projects - city floor
11:30 a.m. Lunch - University Commons
1 p.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
Address by 2003 Girls State governor - Anna McCorvey
Swearing in ceremony - Hon. Mike Randolph, Mississippi Supreme Court
Address by 2004 Magnolia Girls State governor
2 p.m. Alagista to printers
Talent show final rehearsal - Bennett Auditorium
Glee Club meeting - Union Hall of Honors
City projects - city floor
5 p.m. Retreat - at flagpole in front of campus
5:15 p.m. Dinner - University Commons
6:30 p.m. Talent show - Bennett Auditorium
10 p.m. City meeting and Vespers
Junior counselors' meeting - Jones Hall lobby after city meeting
11 p.m. Lights out

JUNE 10 - THURSDAY
7 a.m. Flag raising - at flagpole in front of campus
Top eight officials meet at Girls State office to go to Jackson
7:15 a.m. Breakfast - University Commons
City projects due in Girls State office by 8 a.m.
8:15 a.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
9 a.m. City - University Union, Room B
Clerk - University Union, Room C
County - University Union Hall of Honors
Law Enforcement - Walker Science Building, Room 229
Court - Stout Hall A and Stout Hall B
Senate - Polymer Science auditorium
House of Representatives - Bennett Auditorium
11:30 a.m. Lunch - University Commons
12: 45 p.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
1 p.m. City, County, District, and Legislature - Bennett Auditorium
4:30 p.m. Senior counselors' meeting - Girls State office
5:15 p.m. Retreat - at flagpole in front of campus
5:30 p.m. Dinner - University Commons
7 p.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
Auxiliary Night - American Legion and Auxiliary guests
Introduction of Girls Nation senators - three-minute speech
Presentation of Keet Peetz Scholarship
Presentation of Moore/Chan Scholarship
Presentation of McCorkle/Whitten Scholarship
Presentation of Samsung Scholarship
Presentation of Southern Miss scholarships
Presentation of Frances Bond Scholarship
Glee Club Presentation - Brooke Cullen, coordinator
Alagista dedication - editor
Alagista distribution - Inez McCain, coordinator
"PARTY TIME" on city floor
11 p.m. Vespers
Junior counselors' meeting - Jones Hall lobby

JUNE 11 - FRIDAY
7 a.m. Flag raising - at flagpole in front of campus
7:15 a.m. Breakfast - University Commons
8 a.m. General Assembly - Bennett Auditorium
Graduation and presentation of certificates and pins
Naming of Outstanding Citizen in each city
Naming of Outstanding City
Naming of Outstanding City Project
Closing remarks - Director
Retire Colors - Junior counselors
10:30 a.m. Pack up, return room key
All citizens are free to leave after room inspection by counselors.

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